Australian retiree who is tough minded but generous and kind hearted.
Graeme served in the Australian Army as a young man and then worked
as an oil rigger for years. He served as Harbormaster at the Royal
Perth Yacht Club annex at Freemantle, Australia during the 1987
World Cup title defense race. He later commenced a life of sailing
around the world but was charmed by Thailand when he arrived and
eventually settled in, living on his boat in the harbor at Nam Kem
for 9 years. Two months before the Tsunami, he sold his boat and
started to renovate his lady's (Pon) house. Selling the boat was
a sad acknowledgment of time having taken a toll on his ability
to live a life at large on the sea... but it also saved his life
as he would have been moored on the water just off shore at the
time the Tsunami struck. He is honest and straight forward and happens
to have a lot of accumulated knowledge of building boats. He has
energy and is also able to incorporate other people's ideas and
suggestions into the operation as it develops. He is an excellent
choice for director of this project.
and generous Thai woman who lived at Nam Kem Village. Her house
was damaged by the Tsunami and her son's house was completely destroyed.
Now she's living in the temporary shelter camp at Nam Kem Temple.
She's active locally and straight-forward, but also has great compassion
to help people in trouble. She has good contacts and relationships
with most of the surviving town people. She possesses brilliant
strategic thinking abilities and knows what to do next, how to do
it with minimal effort and she has a valuable appreciation for the
significance of subtle details. She can accomplish many tasks quickly
and effectively. She and Graeme have been together for 9 years.
She is the right person to organize with the Thai people since she
knows the culture, speaks Thai, and makes a great team with Graeme.