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Keeping hopes alive – Feeding the people of Phuket | VIDEO

To make contact with Shaun or his team, go to their Facebook page, follow the progress of the project and contact them if you can help.

After a year of zero foreign tourism, the Thai island of Phuket is now at a critical juncture. There are hundreds of thousands of people, previously employed or sustained from the tourist industry, in urgent need of help. And it isn’t coming from the government.

Sean Stenning from 5 Star Marine, his family and employees, are now at the forefront of a major program to keep the hope alive for thousands of families waiting out the restrictions and border closures that have destroyed their livelihood and chance to feed their families.

The Thaiger sincerely thanks all the people working with Shaun and the One Phuket project.

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Tim Newton

Tim Newton has lived in Thailand since 2011. An Australian, he has worked in the media, principally radio and TV, for 42 years. He has won the Deutsche Welle Award for best radio talk program (public radio Australia), presented over 11,000 radio news bulletins, 3,950 in Thailand alone, hosted 1050 daily TV news programs and produced 2,100 videos, TV commercials and documentaries. He also reported for CNN, Deutsche Welle TV, CBC, Australia's ABC TV and Australian radio during the 2018 Cave Rescue and other major stories in Thailand.


  1. Thank you Tim and Thaiger… superb. I certainly hope this video makes its way to to the higher powers and they acknowledge the work of this amazing group of people. We could do with a weekly or bi-monthly update on this situation as it develops. Also, if there are any Thai food programs it would be good to show that as well.
    For some very strange reason we as foreigners have been vilified in many ways, often be blamed for the spread of the virus. Nothing could be further from the truth. Some rouge elements are always around this is true.

  2. Fair enough but they should have a better way of handling this. Too much congestion with the chance of spreading the virus. Distance between people is neccessary so they don’t spread the virus around. This is not good ebough.

  3. Very commendable. A decent man, especially as he refunded deposits when his customers were denied entry to Thailand. How many Thais do that?
    However, run the video to minute, 1.23 and see two of the “impoverished people making basic ends meet.”
    The last thing these lard asses need is more food. There are more later in the video.
    Westerners are easy touches when it comes to giving charity.

  4. It brings into sharp focus, your other story about 12 young people arrested for drinking alcohol on the beach in Phuket. Maybe they should be shown this video (several times over) as a reminder of the wider consequences of ignoring current restrictions. I encourage the work of Sean and his team. Practical help for people, who without the work international tourism brings, would starve or be otherwise impoverished. I see a comment that “westerners are easy touches when it comes to giving charity”. I’m more than happy that at my funeral I would be remembered for being generous! I fully intend to return to Phuket. The closure of my country’ borders, prevented me in March 2019. I’ve booked in for November in hope it will happen.

  5. This chap needs to watch out … helping Thais. I seem to recall that after the Tsunami, a group of English builders holidaying in Phuket decided to help locals rebuild their houses free of charge. I believe they were deported or fined for working without a permit, not sure how the story ended but it just shows what farangs are up against.

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