We prepared ourselves with all necessary equipment like rubbish bags, gloves, fruit and drinks, data sheet, 1st aid kit and of course all of the prizes from our generous sponsors. After all the banners were in place, prizes displayed, rubbish bags and information posters were in place, we got started.
We welcomed all of our volunteers, dive guests, KRABI tourist police, and a team of almost 14 people from Macro, Paulo, the owner from Long tail boat restaurant, and some tourists. All in all we were about 50 people gathering rubbish on Ao Nang beach, willing to make an impact for the environment.
Everyone got divided into teams and was provided 1 big rubbish bag, 1 big ice bag (for more dangerous materials) and latex gloves to use when picking up all the garbage with. We also informed and provided our collectors with data sheets from Project AWARE, so we could record all of our findings. This information will send to Project AWAREs database, being an important tool for Project AWARE, as they lobby different governments on what is happening and how the environment is affected. But also to keep statistics if we get more or less debris as the years goes by.
The day was a great success and just this morning we managed to collect 106 kg of rubbish in just 2 hours.
To make it more exciting for our volunteers we made the day in to a small contest with our sponsors handing out the following prizes.
1st prize – Aqualung Departure bag (value of 6890 baht) donated from Aquamaster in Phuket
2nd prize – Dinner for two at Carnivore Steak & Grill (value of 2000 baht) & Pepeete Snorkeling set from One Stop
3rd prize – Mix of swimming goggles, rash guard from One Stop and many different items from Blue Mango Restaurant
There were of course the Project AWARE diplomas, as well as other small handout to other participants, like the Krabi tourist police and to MACRO who all helped out with the beach cleaning.
It was a perfect day with small glimpses of sun, even though the rain was pouring down on us.
Kon-Tiki Krabi would like to send a big thank you to our Sponsors
More happenings coming up in high season, so keep posted for “Dive for Earth” and “Divers Night”!!