Over the last year, UWCT students & staff have been able to support One Phuket and 5 Star Marine and Sutai, three organisations that have been working together to support the Phuket Community. For over a year these organizations are still out there, at least twice a week delivering over 2,000 life bags. To date, they’ve donated in excess of 100,000 life bags, each one containing enough staple supplies to feed a family of five for around four days.
Each life bag typically contains the following food supplies:
- 1 1/2kg of rice
- 6 packs of noodles
- 1kg of sugar
- Pack of eggs
- Bottle of cooking oil
Shaun and the team at 5 Star have tried to reduce the use of plastic bags in the process of creating the food bags, however to date, the life bags are still packed in plastic bags. Unfortunately, to date, there still has not been a cost-effective and practical solution to become plastic-free. After the life bags are packed, they are loaded onto trucks, then onto boats, then onto trucks before they are distributed to individual families. This means that the packaging needs to be light, strong and durable, watertight and cost-effective.
With the continued safety concerns and impact of COVID, the team has not been able to hold any mass packing session at Suthai over the weekends as previously possible. Therefore as a school, we have volunteered to pack life bags on our campus by creating a “Packing Bubble” where we can maintain and observe safety measures and still pack up to 2000 life bags to give out to those who are in need.
As we began the new school year, we had the opportunity to volunteer in “life bag” food packing. Lead by Kru Heidi and G12 students Lethyce and Elodia the UWCT community came together to pack up to 2000 life bags, which will be distributed to those who are most impacted by COVID. A collaborative spirit permeates the island, and we are glad that we are able to contribute time and effort to help our community, to which we belong.