Two of Thailand’s most popular artists came together to create a music video inspired by the spirit of Special Olympics athletes who bravely face challenges in their lives, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Composed by Benjamin Jung and performed by Atom Chanagun and Ada Chunhavajira, the music video We Will Rise is dedicated to frontline personnel who continue to work tirelessly to save lives.
Ada Chunhavajira, a Special Olympics Thailand Youth Ambassador, is an amateur singer who’s just 16 years old. She said the idea of creating the video was brought on by disappointment of a fundraising concert postponement she and Atom were set to hold in 2019 to support Special Olympics Thailand.
“I can't help but think about the athletes' families. They must be concerned about their children's future when they are no longer here to look after them,” Chunhavajira said. “We need to advocate social acceptance for people with intellectual disabilities.”
Atom Chanagun, who was named Thailand’s Artist of the Year in 2019, partnered with Special Olympics Thailand for the first time with the creation of We Will Rise. He said that while this time can be particularly difficult for those with intellectual disabilities, he’s inspired by the courage of Special Olympics athletes and hopes the music video will serve as inspiration for those who need it most.
“Everyone all over the world should have the chance to watch We Will Rise, not just the people of Thailand,” Chanagun said.
Dr. Naris Chaiyasoot, Chairman of Special Olympics Thailand, said We Will Rise is a song of hope for the entire world.
“Although currently there are improvements in the management of the COVID-19 pandemic but many countries across the globe are still facing major infection outbreaks and restrictions in their daily lives,” said Dr. Chaiyasoot. “Nevertheless, we must not despair. I believe that there will be positive gains once the crisis is over. Let us look ahead and move forward together.”
Watch We Will Rise on Special Olympics Thailand’s YouTube Channel here.