Login | Create Account Poll Currency Weather Facebook Youtube Search

Nong Bank, 8, honoured as model citizen for cleaning Patong canal

PHUKET: An 8-year-old boy has been honoured as a role model citizen for helping to clean the filthy Pak Bang Canal at the southern end of Phuket’s busiest tourism town.

By Waranya Prompinpiras

Wednesday 17 April 2019, 05:10PM

The news was posted on the Patong Police official Facebook page yesterday (Apr 16), with Patong Police Chief Col Anotai Jindamanee handing the boy, Kosin “Nong Bank” Tha-ngam, a certificate acknowledging his efforts. (See post here.)

Nong Bank, a Year 3 student at Sai Nam Yen School in Patong, was also gifted a buoyancy vest to wear while cleaning the canal and a donation as a scholarship contribution to help pay for his schooling.

Present with Nong Bank while receiving his award was his grandmother and his uncle, Surachat Lemlae.

Nong Bank conducts his cleanups with Theeraphong Penmit, who began cleaning the canal himself after being disgusted by the state of the litter floating on its surface and found strewn all along the its banks.

Mr Theeraphong started his own cleanups in January, and does so every day after work. On Sundays, he is joined by other members of the community.

Although Mr Theeraphong works for the Patong Municipality Division of Sanitary Works, he started his cleanup campaign after being told by his boss of the bureaucratic hurdles that needed to be cleared in order for the council to start regularly cleaning the canal. (See story here.)


“Bank comes to help me to collect trash at Pak Bang Canal every Sunday,” Mr Theeraphong told The Phuket News today (Apr 17).

“He has joined us three times. He comes with his uncle, Surachat Lemlae, who is the president of the local fishing community that lives along the banks of the canal. Bank lives there with his grandparents,” Mr Theerapong explained.

"I found out only yesterday (Apr 16) that Bank has no parents. I don’t know why, but he has been living with his grandmother and his grandfather since he was 10 months old,” Mr Theerapong noted.

“I also just learned that Bank has a hyperactivity disorder. He must go to see the doctors at Patong Hospital and receive his medicine every month,” he added.

"I think Bank is very lovely. He wants to help me collect a lot of trash. I want every child to take Bank as a role model, because Bank spends his free time wisely," Mr Theeraphong said.



Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.

Comments Here:
Comments Left:
# Characters

Be the first to comment.

Have a news tip-off? Click here


Phuket community
Four dead as pickup truck slams into tour bus heading to Phuket

Excuse or explanation, nevermind the choice of words. The driver should have checked immediately on ...(Read More)

May 4 approved as Coronation Day

Wow, and don't forget the additional/supplementary holidays when the real holidays is on a Satur...(Read More)

Government clamps down on surging illegal Thai migration

Thai's don't need a visa for Korea,as long as they don't stay longer than 90 days.Not mu...(Read More)

Slow loris tout arrested at Karon

So it took Officers from Khao Phra Thaew Conservation Centre, Region 5 Division of Crime Suppression...(Read More)

Slow loris tout arrested at Karon

So, mr Nares is a big liar! Claims not to know he commit a crime, but was arrested last year for the...(Read More)

Phuket Police say investigation into Finnish girl’s death inconclusive

"Girl...woman.."? So is she a child or an adult? 19 yo, yep that's an adult but who k...(Read More)

Government clamps down on surging illegal Thai migration

A good 'plan of action' should be made by the highly decorated thai Immigration top official...(Read More)

Four dead as pickup truck slams into tour bus heading to Phuket

What you say he should get as punishment and what the law proscribes differs. Falling asleep was no...(Read More)

Commerce Ministry warns of extortionate hospital prices

and the stupid new ruling to force expats to have health insurance will just give these crooks the o...(Read More)

Four dead as pickup truck slams into tour bus heading to Phuket

"The 23-year-old driver of a pickup truck... will be charged with reckless driving causing deat...(Read More)