Kata Rocks
The Phuket News Novosti Phuket Khao Phuket

Login | Create Account | Search

Phuket’s ScubaNicks steps up for Rawai Food Relief

Phuket’s ScubaNicks steps up for Rawai Food Relief

PHUKET: Local dive operator ScubaNicks has stepped up to provide more than 3,000 food bags to people in need in Rawai, at the southern end of the island, in just 13 days.

By The Phuket News

Sunday 26 April 2020, 05:48PM

The move comes as at least dozens of groups across the island are stepping up to help people left without any income due to the COVID-19 “lockdown” restrictions, which has seen entire industries in Phuket shut down to prevent the spread of the virus, leaving many people without work.

Long-term Phuket expat and founder of ScubaNicks Nick Fawcus-Robinson explained, “I arrived in Thailand in May 2004 and since have learned to have a reasonable understanding of Thailand and its way of life. I have had my dive company (ScubaNicks) since arriving and assisted in both post tsunami and the tragic Phoenix disaster.

“When Covid-19 hit, I have to say I was distraught at the global response of ‘lockdown’. I was aware early March that the lockdown in Thailand was not going to be pretty and put huge numbers out of work, largely because Thailand and Phuket in particular is heavily reliant on tourism.

“The Tambon (District) lockdown started early April. Simply – No job = no money = no food. Something had to be done.”

Nick explains that initially hewas happy to get involved at a low level, supporting local families and Myanmar labour camps.

“We started on April 13 (Songkran day) with B2,000. The first day we got a little more money and went shopping four times and donated four times.

In just 13 days the project has expanded greatly to help many more people. As of today the project has raised B422,285, which has allowed the team to provide 3,181 food bags providing 13,397 meals.

In a Facebook post today, Nick said, “This is amazing.. !!! Thank you to the 115 donors of cash and food. thank you to the incredible packing team. Thank you to the distributors. Apologies.. But we need more money!! :) :) I am NOT stopping. WE need to get more food out!!”

“The government is doing a fantastic job with weekly meal bags. We are in constant contact with the local administration. ScubaNicks and crew are dedicated to the backroads, the sick, the elderly, children and labour camps; many of whom are not on social media or simply don’t have the money to leave their tin huts/rooms,” Nick explained to The Phuket News.

“We are now servicing much of the Rawai area with a group of 12 dedicated volunteers. Essentially we buy, unload, pack, re-load, drive and donate,” he said.

Nick provides full updates on the donations received and day-by-day updates on the emergency relief supplies delivered.

For updates, visit his Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/nickfawcusrobinson

If you would like to donate to the project:
Bank: Krungsri
Account name: Nick Fawcus- Robinson
Account number: 573-1-01816-6

Or to PayPal / TransferWise – simply email Nick at scubanicksphuket@gmail.com

Key volunteers in the project are:

  1. Sasithorn Tawihoun (Waan)
  2. Priyaphon Samrandee + team of 4 !!!!! (packing)
  3. Victoria Fawcus-Robinson
  4. Siriporn Sirisuntharo
  5. Mark Laurence
  6. Tommy Ebert
  7. Simon Hatton
  8. Suay Thichattra Suksanuan
  9. Fabrice Sanson
  10. Dennis Wall
  11. Kapuk Yuenyong
  12. Thoye Manin
  13. Yannie Lyinh

Business Address:
Boutique Co. Ltd
90/8 Soi Kanjan 2
Tambon Rawai
Amphoe Muang
Phuket 83130

Business No: 0835559013997
TAT License: 34/01625

Nick may be contacted on his mobile phone at +66 (0)840579018.

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.


Be the first to comment.


Have a news tip-off? Click here


Phuket community
Thailand aiming for complete end to lockdown on July 1: NSC Chief

seems to me the "fight" against flu will never end in thailand to keep the controll and mo...(Read More)

Thailand aiming for complete end to lockdown on July 1: NSC Chief

After Emergence Decree ends, 'other laws' will be used instead. Well they better inform the...(Read More)

Thailand aiming for complete end to lockdown on July 1: NSC Chief

Did my reporting yesterday for myself and wife took 5 mins very straightforward will be the same for...(Read More)

Thailand aiming for complete end to lockdown on July 1: NSC Chief

Financial aid for temples???? Why the filthy rich temples not support their less rich brothers?...(Read More)

Thailand aiming for complete end to lockdown on July 1: NSC Chief

i like only repeat was a thai as a owner of a small hotel told me about two weeks ago: it is a crime...(Read More)

Truck slams into concrete barrier at bottom of Patong Hill

i´m sure break failure because driver never heard about change to lower gear when driving down a hi...(Read More)

Surin Beach gets a cleanup

i wonder how many time more thais need to understand the flu is over since weeks...(Read More)

Surin Beach gets a cleanup

Was there the other day, and saw that the bull dozers were busy shaving off the land behind the beac...(Read More)

Surin Beach gets a cleanup

Very irresponsible behaviour. We all know that setting foot on a beach automatically increases the r...(Read More)

Surin Beach gets a cleanup

Funny mr MaAnn: quote' beach still closed, people not allowed there. If you find the beach is di...(Read More)