Nymboida couple's fund-raising targets Cambodia
TONI Kearney and her partner Trevor Smith got more than they bargained for when they holidayed in South East Asia a couple of years ago.
Struck by the destitution, the couple decided they could not come home to Nymboida and resume their normal lives without doing something to help.
"I didn't feel right," said Toni.
"We realised these people really needed help."
And help they have.
In a little over two years, the pair have raised more than $15,000 from within their local community, through an annual mega garage sale, market stalls, film nights, and a benefit dinner.
All money raised goes directly towards projects to improve the lives of everyday Cambodians.
"There's a village an hour from the nearest town, with no power and no transport," she said.
"The money we raise will install solar panels on the school to run fans and lights, and pay the teacher's wages."
This is done via locally based organisations, each being carefully selected by Toni and Trevor.
Donations also help support young people like Sok Mong to go to university.
"He's in his second year now and doing really well," said Toni, "studying English and tourism.
"Later he will help support his family - it's not uncommon to have four or five generations living together."
MEGA GARAGE SALE
The Nymboida annual Mega Garage Sale Fundraiser will be held in conjunction with the growers market;
The garage sale accepts donations of unwanted 'stuff' from the community and in turn raises money for various projects in Cambodia;
The Nymboida Garage sale will be held at the Nymboida Hall, Sunday, October 13, from 9am to 2pm;
Organic food and drinks available with buskers entertaining;
Last year raised $970 and 200 people attended;
Contact Toni Kearney for more details ph: 6649 4263 or visit www.help-cambodia.blogspot.com.au