Following the success of our first season which premiered last year, Thailand Tatler Heroes—a TV series where we follow our favourite celebrities as they carry out charity missions to bring about positive change—returns for a second installment. An entertaining glimpse into the lesser-shown lives of our favourite personalities, the show also serves to inspire social conscience and empowerment among our viewers.
Last season we watched our heroes venture into rice fields, play with elephants and empower young children through song and football. This season, the theme of preserving wildlife continues in our first episode, Under the Sea.
We visit the idyllic Nawikyothin Bay in Chonburi’s Sattahip District. A popular tourist destination, the bay is famous for its stunning coral reefs. However, due to extreme imbalances in the ocean’s temperature, the reefs have been deteriorating—at alarmingly fast rates. Our episode’s heroes Frank Steinacher, executive vice president of sales and marketing for Mercedes Benz, and actor Alex Rendell, are ready to plunge into the ocean in an effort to save the coral reefs. How exactly?
Our heroes dive down into the sea to retrieve branches of existing coral to replant them. Before this can happen, the coral branches need a strong foundation from which they can grow—a base made out of a combination of sand and concrete. In this episode, Alex takes to the shovel and viewers get to see the star leave his heartthrob image behind as he digs for Mother Nature. Importantly, as coral cannot survive over 30 minutes outside of water, our heroes have a time limit to implant the coral into the concrete bases and plunge back into the waters to transplant them to the seafloor.
Besides coral, the episode shows our heroes releasing sharks and crabs back into the ocean to help build the marine habitat. Sound exciting? See for yourself—you can now watch the entire first episode of Thailand Tatler Heroes on Line TV or YouTube. Here's a preview:
At the end of mission, Frank leaves us with an important reminder that "each of us needs to take the responsibility to do something against it and to work with our little steps and actions with what we can do and create a better world.” And that's the whole message behind Thailand Tatler Heroes: there is room for everyone to take part when it comes to giving back.