Bags are totes amaz­ing!

Lau­ren Day is rais­ing money for in­spi­ra­tional Cam­bo­dian school

McIvor Times - - NEWS - By MICHAEL MATTINGLY

Thank god I’m the school bus driver and have had the last six weeks off be­cause I have had to teach myse— lf hLaouwren­tDoasyew

LAU­REN Day was scrolling through Face­book one day when some­thing caught her eye.

It was the story of a man who is teach­ing kids in Cam­bo­dia – free of charge – to give them the best pos­si­ble shot at adult life.

After a lot of thought, and a lit­tle trial and er­ror, Lau­ren found the way she could con­trib­ute – and Lau­ren’s tote bags were born.

The man in Cam­bo­dia’s name is Jimmy Chan. He grew up in Cam­bo­dia and taught him­self enough English to make it to uni­ver­sity.

“He re­alised when he was quite young, if he didn’t do some­thing with him­self he was go­ing to be stuck there for ever,” Lau­ren said.

“So what he did was set him­self up where all the tourists would go and chat­ted to them and slowly be­gan to learn English.”

Jimmy com­pleted a teach­ing de­gree and wanted to give back to Cam­bo­dia with a goal of help­ing as many chil­dren as pos­si­ble ac­cess the ed­u­ca­tion that he did. Through this dream he started ‘Jimmy Chan’s Vil­lage School’, where he teaches 95 chil­dren over two classes per night through­out the week.

“I thought I can con­trib­ute to this so I went and started a fund­ing page but no one was re­ally do­nat­ing,” Lau­ren said.

“Then I went to the su­per­mar­ket one day and they were talk­ing about get­ting rid of plas­tic bags, so I thought I could make some bags.”

The idea sounded per­fect but Lau­ren was fac­ing a few mi­nor prob­lems: she had no ma­te­ri­als, no sewing ma­chine, and she ac­tu­ally had no idea how to sew.

“Thank god I’m the school bus driver and have had the last six weeks off be­cause I have had to teach my­self how to sew.

“I went down to the shops and bought my­self a sewing ma­chine and now I can’t leave the thing.”

Lau­ren has been get­ting all her ma­te­ri­als from the op shop in town and once she has sewn them, the bags are be­ing sold at A Gag­gle of Geese.

“I re­ally do thank them for let­ting me put some bags in there to sell. They are $5 – I wanted to keep them rea­son­ably priced so every­one could buy one.

“Ev­ery cent goes over to the Jimmy Chan Vil­lage School and I have raised $100 so far.”

The bags can be used for day to day ac­tiv­i­ties as well as shop­ping bags.

To do­nate to Jimmy Chan’s Vil­lage School head to chuffed.org/project/

jim­mys-vil­lage-school-cam­bo­dia or visit A Gag­gle of Geese to grab your own bag.

Lau­ren Day’s hand­made tote bags are avail­able at A Gag­gle of Geese.

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