Charity has winning formula for Cambodian babies

GRAFTON'S Jenny Christie has a habit of going all out and getting hands on.

Her stint with Cambodian charity New Hope saw her and sister Kath Grant buying out a local supermarket of baby formula for the malnourished bubs they met at the charity clinic.

That one action, and ten cans of formula, has been projected and multiplied on a much larger stage.

"It's about giving kids this kick start. Their mums don't have enough breast milk, having five, maybe seven children," said Mrs Christie.

"They're getting more and more malnourished bubs coming in and they can only buy it [baby formula] when they have extra funds."

The retired financial planner started the Feed the Babies Project, which aims to raise $10, 000 through various events in and around Grafton. Funds raised will aim to feed New Hope's 36 infants for 12 months.

But this money can only go so far, especially when buying at retail prices, so Mrs Christie and her sister approached Dumex, the Malaysian based company which distributes baby formula in Cambodia.

"We're paying retail price at $9.30 American and that's only going to go up I believe and so I just Googled the company and found their email and they replied within 48 hours. Last I heard the contract was ready to go back to the company for sign off."

The contract will give New Hope a 15% discount, as well as free delivery.

The generosity from Dumex has been repeated locally, said Mrs Christie.

"The overwhelming response from businesses in Grafton to support this has been absolutely amazing. We have over 20 different businesses donating to the events that we've got."

Another advantage to donating to the New Hope charity is that 100% of money given to the cause goes to the projects, with special donors covering administrative costs.

With an international liaison now in place, it's all down to local participation.

"Now we need to get the people to the events to get these sums in!"

Jenny Christie with one of the Kindy kids from New Hope Cambodia. Photo: Contributed
Jenny Christie with one of the Kindy kids from New Hope Cambodia. Photo: Contributed Contributed


Upcoming charity events

Ladies Day and Charity Auction

  • When: Saturday February 23, 2pm. Auction starts at 3pm.
  • Where: Nymboida Hall
  • Ladies please bring a used item of clothing to donate for auctioning on the day. Tea and coffee and snacks will be provided with a gold coin donation. BYO alcohol. Lucky door prizes.

OZ Film Premier at the Saraton Theatre

  • When: Thursday March 7, 6pm for a 6:30pm start.
  • Oz stars James Franco, and has a PG rating.
  • Cost: Adults $20, children under 12 $14. Tickets available at Saraton Theatre, Ph: 66421633.
  • Drinks and live entertainment provided before the film, including music by Ben Jenkins. Lucky door prizes.

Charity Golf Day at Westlawn Course - Ambrose Event

  • When: Saturday March 23, 11:30am for a 12 NOON start. BBQ from 3:30pm.
  • Cost: $10 includes game, BBQ, one soft drink and a goodies bag. Prizes for first place, runner up and wooden spoon. Major prize raffles throughout the day.

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