Trash heroes collect garbage in Hua Hin
For the last few years, in addition to sponsoring the huge December marathon in Bangkok, the hospital’s foundation has also sponsored bike and running marathons in Hua Hin, a resort town about 90 km southeast of Bangkok. Hua Hin was the summer home of the king. I had last been there in June, 2016. Hua Hin is a quieter, more sedate resort city, when compared to Pattaya or Phuket. In many ways it’s an easier, less rushed place to stay.
The proceeds of this year’s marathon, entitled Run for Sea, held in March, went to a group called Trash Hero. This is an organization that works hard to keep the world clean. Members go to beaches, for example the ones in Hua Hin, and remove as much trash as possible. Plastic bottles, old tires, netting and all types of refuse are removed from beaches. This is a good organization with which to work, and we’ll continue to sponsor them in upcoming events.
The weather at the start of our visit to Hua Hin was great. It was cool with a nice breeze. The views of the ocean and adjacent palm forest were beautiful. Picturesque fishing boats dotted the beach. Little Thai icons were perched on ledges. There were many Trash Heroes of all ages and it was amazing that, even on this apparently clean beach, bags of trash were collected. The hospital had brought a team of staff members and students to help in the cleaning efforts and even brought one of the drones from the hospital’s fleet to take lots of video of the event.
As the day wore on, the clouds became thicker and more intense. The remnants of Typhoon Pakhar were heading towards Hua Hin. We could see water spouts in the distance. We decided to leave the beach and head to a local street restaurant called Moom Muum, which loosely translates to ‘Glutton’ in English. Food was eaten, proceeds were provided and speeches were made.
As the rain came down in huge sheets, we ate and waited out the storm. A man on horseback rode by braving the torrential rain. When the rains finally ended, the sun came out and two more riders on horseback meandered past the restaurant. We then piled into our vehicles and headed back to Bangkok.