‘Schoolies’ head off
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.