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16th January 2019, Chonburi

Cobra helps clean up Thailand’s major river

Cobra International has supported the Kayaking for Chao Phraya River clean up mission late last month with the donation of 10 light-weight kayaks for the team.

The clean-up campaign was organised by Asst. Professor Prinya Thaewanarumitkul of Thammaset University, Bangkok, and involved kayaking along the Chao Phraya River for 14 days in an effort to clean the waters of all trash and raise further awareness of the massive environmental issues that are escalating in Thailand’s waters. With 10 people in the principal team paddling Cobra-built kayaks, the campaign also attracted an additional 30 volunteers who joined the trip.

Cobra International donated 10 light-weight kayaks for the team. © Cobra International

Throughout the clean-up, volunteers collected tonnes of garbage from various points on the Chao Phraya River, having paddled a distance of 400 km. Every day, the paddling team would make several stops where further volunteers joined efforts to clean up specific areas. On 22 December, a group of 10 Cobra employees also joined the clean up on Cobra SUP boards paddling 5 km around Bang Kachao Area in Bangkok. 

The Chao Phraya is the major river in Thailand, with its low alluvial plain forming the centre of the country. © Cobra International

When they finished, analysis showed that they had amassed over two tonnes of trash – in particular, bags, bottles, cups and foam food boxes. “The waste that we continuously litter into the river is going to flow out into the ocean. Thailand is creating a huge environmental problem for the world. The Chao Phraya River is the largest river in Thailand and is responsible for releasing the most trash into the Gulf of Thailand. We have to stop it now,” commented Law Asst. Professor Prinya Thaewanarumitkul, who led the campaign.

Throughout the clean-up, volunteers collected tonnes of garbage from various points on the Chao Phraya River. © Cobra International

The Kayaking for Chao Phraya River campaign began on 10 December and volunteers completed around 400 km to reach the destination – the Gulf of Thailand - on kayaks built by Cobra International.

“Our country’s environmental issues are a huge problem and are a big challenge to address. Asst. Professor Prinya’s team did an excellent job in raising awareness and starting to make a difference. Cobra will continue to support in any way possible,” said Danu Chotikapanich, CEO, Cobra International.

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