A Phuket boy has been rewarded after setting an excellent example for the rest of the Patong community.
Eight-year-old Kosin Ta-ngam, who studies at Sai Nam Yen School in Patong, has been collecting garbage from the filthy Pak Bang Canal and along Patong Beach since the beginning of the year.
Kosin lives with his grandmother, who has been looking after him since he was 10 months old, and other relatives.
A certificate, scholarship and life vest were awarded to Kosin on Tuesday by Patong police chief Colonel Anothai Jindamanee for displaying excellent citizenship for the community as a youth volunteer and being an active part of keeping the town clean.
Pak Bang Canal, running through the back of Patong into Patong Bay, has been a dark, dirty mess for decades.
Many promises have been made to clean it up, but it remains a disgraceful waterway flowing through Phuket’s main tourist town.
The tiny eight-year-old seems to be able to achieve a lot more than the local municipality with all their money and machinery.