Emperor Divers' Eighth and Final Covid Diver Hero Wins a Maldives Liveaboard Trip
In February this year, Emperor Divers launched its Covid Diver Heroes initiative, aiming to recognise eight people who stepped up during the coronavirus the pandemic and reward them with free liveaboard trips in the Maldives and Red Sea.
Hundreds of nominations were received during the campaign; each one reviewed by a diverse panel of Emperor's most experienced staff. 'All inspired, many amazed and some brought tears,' Emperor wrote in a statement. 'What is clear is that divers are awesome, and it came as no surprise that within the international underwater community there were so many selfless, empathetic heroes.'
The panel's eighth and final Covid Diver Hero and winner of a free Maldives liveaboard trip is KK Tan, a doctor from Kuala Lumpur who was nominated by his cousin, Alex.
'There will be no greater reward for this selfless cousin of mine to win a liveaboard trip to the Maldives where he can find solace in SCUBA diving, the holiday activity he enjoys most. I have not seen him physically for more than a year nor did his parents because he has isolated himself for fears of inadvertently bringing the virus home.
'I, Alex, nominate KK Tan, 38, a doctor from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for his tireless efforts as a supporting role to the Frontliners during this time of pandemic. By day, he takes up the administrative role to procure quality medical equipment and ensure proper distribution to health facilities throughout the country an uphill task in view of the rising number of cases in my country. By night, he would return to his former hospital to help out with the outpatient cases there. If not working on weekends, he would visit a couple of old folks home to provide encouragement, free medical consultations as well as deliver medications where able.
'He tells me always “Since I cannot go diving in the sea, I might as well dive in the sea of COVID19. There are many beautiful things to see here too"
Alex wrote to Emperor to tell the panel that he had been in contact with KK, writing: 'He was ecstatic! Thank you for selecting my nominee for the final winner for the liveaboard. I'm sure it will be a beautiful light for him at the end of the tunnel.'
The complete list of winners, set to enter Emperor's Covid Diver Heroes Hall of Fame, includes:
- Deboraha Brabham, UK
- Noam Har-Tzvi, Israel
- Megumi Gotada, Germany
- Phuong Cao, USA
- Ingrid Stubelius, Sweden
- Lily Lancaster, UK
- Susana Garcia, Spain
- KK Tan, Malaysia