‘Schoolies’ head off

Euroa Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

THIS group of year 12 stu­dents are packed and ready to go, and in­stead of the usual schoolies trip they have elected to be part of the Euroa Cam­bo­dia Project.

“Schoolies with a Dif­fer­ence” is the project ran by Kairen and Neville Pat­ter­son, and aims to give the kids a chance at ex­plor­ing the world.

They will travel to Siem Reap, Cam­bo­dia to un­der­take a num­ber of char­ity ac­tiv­i­ties and ex­plore some cul­tural ex­pe­ri­ences, which will in­clude the her­itage listed Angkor Wat and Ton le Sap, the largest in­land lake in South East Asia.

Vis­it­ing a hos­tel for teenage girls and sev­eral schools, the kids will get the chance to be im­mersed in the lo­cal cul­ture.

Mrs Pat­ter­son in­di­cated their ma­jor char­ity ac­tiv­ity will be help­ing to build a house and do­nat­ing it to a needy vil­lage fam­ily, with funds they have raised here in Euroa.

“We will also donate two hos­pi­tal beds and six out­side con­crete seats to a Vil­lage Health Cen­tre,” Mrs Pat­ter­son said.

There will be li­brary books with the story writ­ten in Kh­mer and English, school sta­tion­ary to a new English School, two bi­cy­cles each with school sta­tion­ary, for stu­dents to get to school.

Thanks to per­sonal dona­tions from the lo­cals in Euroa they will be able to dis­trib­ute an ad­di­tional 10 bi­cy­cles to the com­mu­nity along­side 120kg sec­ond hand cloth­ing.

Stu­dent Lily Aitken wanted to say a big thank you to all the peo­ple and busi­nesses from Euroa and sur­rounds for their great sup­port of dona­tions to as­sist in fundrais­ing.

Thanks were also ex­tend­ing to to ev­ery­one who at­tended the Trivia night and bought raf­fle tick­ets from the var­i­ous raf­fles through­out the year.

The Euroa Third Age Club was also men­tioned for their sup­port with use of their hall for our trivia night and also to the Euroa Ro­tary Club and Euroa Li­ons Club for their sup­port to our Project.

Stu­dent Tim Dean noted it has been a hard year of fund rais­ing, be­cause of the drop in the Aussie dol­lar to ex­change into US dol­lars.

“We have had to have an ad­di­tional AU$1200 on last year, to do the same ac­tiv­i­ties,” Mr Dean said.

“We have just achieved our bud­get tar­get, but we don’t have much by way of flex­i­bil­ity or ex­tra, but we are there.

“It is not too late to donate fi­nan­cial sup­port to the Project, just con­tact Kairen and Neville.”

In ad­di­tion to the “Schoolies with a Dif­fer­ence”, the Project also con­tin­ues to main­tain con­tact with all fam­i­lies they have as­sisted, to en­sure some con­tin­u­a­tion of sup­port.

So if any per­son or busi­ness would like to fi­nan­cially sup­port the Euroa Cam­bo­dia Project, please con­tact Kairen or Neville Pat­ter­son.

SAY­ING GOOD­BYE: Year 12 stu­dents are set to head off on a trip of a life­time, with their Splash Gecko polo shirts mak­ing it of­fi­cial. Pic­tured are (from left) Neville Pat­ter­son, Lily Aitken, Jayde Rodger, Jeremy Bale and Tim Dean and Kairen Pat­ter­son.

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