By The Nation
With support from Singha Swimming Club, the East Coast Golf Courses Management Association and local Mahasamutr group, the Sanfunn-initiated project was held to clean up waste scattered along the beach.
Thailand’s OTHER leading athletes, Natthanan Junkrajang, Sanchai Ratiwatana and Boonsak Ponsana also participated in THE clean-up, picking up waste such as plastic bags, clothes, caps and foam scattered along the shoreline. In total, an estimated 1.5 tonnes of waste was collected.
Being concerned about the increasing amount of waste accumulated along the beach, especially at Klongthoop beach in Chon Buri, former Olympian, Amara, who has been living in the area for a long time, considers it necessary for all parties to work together to preserve the natural environment.
“I have been surfing in this area and realize how badly polluted the water here is,” Amara said. "A number of marine animals including fish, sea turtles and dolphins die each year after eating plastics. It is a must for us to solve this problem and save the world for our children.”
According to Amara, collecting waste does not solve the problem, but it helps to raise environmental awareness among participants, who believe that they can play a part in preserving the environment, especially the water.
"Collecting waste is not the best solution to the problem. But we can reduce our waste to help remedie the situation.”
Thailand’s former number one shuttler Boonsak, who retired from the sport a few years ago, said that he was keen to join the event because it was a good opportunity for him to give back to society. He was proud of joining the campaign AND WAS shocked to witness such a huge pile of garbage.
He wanted everyone to be play a part in preserving the world, saying, ”Although they cannot come to collect the waste, they can help save by reducing plastic use.” Echoing Boonsak, swimmer Natthanan said that the project will definitely promote environmental awareness, instilling a sense of responsibility for the locals and also other concerned parties. It is a starting point for everyone to work together to find a way to solve a problem.
“I love joining this kind of the activity to give back to society,” she said. The swimmer has often participated IN charity programs, especially the water-based life-saving projects.