Helpers Turn Up to Clean Up

Recently, Cape Panwa, located on the South eastern tip of Phuket Island in Thailand, held their first beach cleaning day. The event was a great success and an enjoyable one for everyone who gave up their valuable time to take part.

The day was organised by Andaman Sea Club Sailing Charters and the Green Fins project ñ an organisation based at Phuket Marine Biological Centre, whose mission is to protect the area’s coral reefs and promote sustainable diving.

Over 50 volunteers turned up to help from Sri Panwa resort and the Green Fins project, while the doctor of the local health clinic, Khun Natthakorn Yamrungrueng, brought 50 lunches to feed everyone. It took about four hours to collect 1,210 kilograms of discarded plastic, glass and polystyrene, filling 104 bags.

They also found a polystyrene boat on the beach, built by four local boys. Chris Jongerius from Andaman Sea Club, convinced them that polystyrene is one of the worst materials for the environment. In return and to the young boys’ delight, he traded it for an indestructable rotomolded kayak.

To thank all the helpers, Andaman Sea Club offered a good hour’s free sailing on their boat, the Frog. As most of the volunteers were women and children who had never been sailing before, this was a wonderful treat.

Green Fins have now placed a waste basket on the beach to try to keep it clean in the future. The organisation are also planning to hold cleaning events more regularly and in different places to keep all the region’s beaches and surrounding ocean cleaner.

Contact: Green Fins Thailand,
Phuket Marine Biological Centre,
51 Sakdidaj Rd., Vichit, Muang,
Phuket 83000, Thailand
Tel :+66 76 391128

Contact: Andaman Sea Club,
36 Moo 8, Sakdidej Road,
Cape Panwa Beach, Tambon Vichit,
Phuket 83000, Thailand

Young volunteers who turned
up to help clean Ao Tang Khen Beach
on Phuket Island, in Thailand
Photo: © Green Fins

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