Last week saw the the 5th anniversary for the Choice Centre, during which time hundreds of local children from extremely poor families have learnt to read, write and speak English. There has also been Scholarships/Apprenticeships awarded, computer training, art and craft classes, hairdressing, sewing and gardening. To celebrate, Choice organised an extra special lunch for the children. Normally on weekdays CHOICE provide a simple lunch meal for 150 or more children, typically a meat and vegetable soup together with rice. For the anniversary, $200 was spent and that allowed for a special curry with rice and baguette bread as well as a canned drink for each child attending. Steve Murray of Georgia’s children paid half towards it, as GCW are also celebrating 5 years of association with CHOICE. The bakery Tous les Jours also kindly contributed additional breads and donuts like they have previously done. So it proved to be a very popular lunch. Ross and Vanny gave a speech to the children, reminding them what Choice does and how things operate, as well as to explain some of the major changes taking place in the early part of 2017. Most notably the loss of 3 classrooms in an adjacent property that Choice can no longer rent. 3 new replacement classrooms are soon to be built in the main Choice grounds. A container is being planned to provide temporary storage and then to be converted into a classroom. Steve Murray of Georgia’s Children, is kindly paying for the container.
The local Government Primary School had its open day on the 1/11/2016. The morning commenced at 7am and as Vanny is not at the center that early and I am living in the province now, I represented CHOICE to receive an appreciation Certificate. For those that can read Khmer the certificate names items donated in the past Toilet Block, Garden setting, Printer, Computer. Again these items were made possible through you our donors, many thanks. Some 600 primary students attended, each received donations of exercise books, pens, pencils and 1000r (25c) in cash. Donors were a Khmer/American family, CHOICE and others. Nice to see the toilet block donated by “The Nuggets” Narrabeen Australia and the outdoor setting from Michael Wieland Germany are still in very good condition. CHOICE has a good working relationship with the local school. The Government schools provide free education and about 100 of our children attend this school.
We wish to thank Mrs. Susanne Floesser from Germany for kindly donating US$600 for the Soy Milk Program. This will be distributed among all of our 250 students on a weekly basis. If your interested in donating to this programs sustainability, or increasing frequency of distribution, then kindly contact us on our website.
Pictured from left are Mrs. Ruby Wang, Mr. Albert Wu, Ms. Cynthia You (Star Time International Trading Ltd) all from Taiwan. They are donating 8 bags of rice per month from the 1st July 2016 for one year to the Choice Center. Next in line is Angela Tan and Ross Wright. The rice donation is much appreciated, many thanks to this group.
On April 30th , 2016 Angelique Mawson an avid ice hockey player and coach from New Zealand co-ordinated a fund-raising Charity Game for the benefit of the CHOICE Cambodia non-profit Charity.
Over 40 players jumped at the chance to be a part of this very good cause and get out on the ice in support of this charity. Many spectators also came to watch. The team uniforms were chosen specifically as Cambodian colours Blue and Red and the teams were made up of players from the local Christchurch region adults of all ages and levels. The players had a great time and were full of smiles enjoying their sport whilst raising money for a very worth cause.
$USD500 was raised in New Zealand and Angelique visited us in June 2016 at the CHOICE centre to present the money which will go towards school uniforms for the students. Angelique plans to run this event on an annual basis with the proceeds coming to CHOICE Cambodia.
Many thanks to Angelique Mawson from New Zealand, she is running an Ice Hockey tournament and donating the money raised to CHOICE Cambodia.
If you are in New Zealand on the dates indicated please try to be a spectator or player and support a most worthy cause.
Rob from the UK has donated two well needed UPS battery back up units for use with Choice desktop computers, wifi routers and old laptops with worn out batteries. They cost $34 each from PTC computer shop located near Central Market.
There are many power outages at the Choice Centre, typically just a few seconds long but that’s enough to cause havoc with the computer equipment.
John from America recently visited Phnom Penh in Cambodia for the first time. He bought a cheap second hand bicycle for $35 from St 107, near St 182. This proved to be a convenient and fun way for him to explore Phnom Penh and avoid the costs and hassles of using motos and tuk tuks all the time. Then when he left, he donated it to Choice to be given to one of the kids. So that worked out well for both him and Choice. Thanks John.
Rob from UK has donated 4 new Android tablets for use with educational learning apps at the Choice Centre. These tablets have been kindly brought in from America purchased off Amazon for about $50 each. Better quality tablets for the price than can be purchased locally. Thanks to both Brian and John for bringing two each with them on their recent visits to Cambodia from the USA.
If anyone is visiting Cambodia from either UK or USA, then please let us know, as you might be able to bring some stuff out for us.
Many thanks to the various Rotary Clubs that have helped fund the new Kitchen through the efforts of Don Rosenfeldt. Don sought the help of Pin, Joe, Bob, CHOICE Staff and some mates. The old kitchen did fall over, ( see the first picture ) so timely was the new kitchen. The cost was as expected (around $1,500) with some savings in costs from donations of cupboards and sinks etc.from Northbridge School and the savings with free labor and welding.
In Celebration of 15 Years of Service in Sydney, Singapore, Shanghai and Seoul: The Executive Centre has donated 150 million grains of rice to CHOICE Cambodia
The Executive Centre, Asia Pacific’s leading serviced office provider is pleased to mark its 15th anniversary of service in Sydney, Singapore, Shanghai and Seoul with a donation of 150 million grains of rice to CHOICE Cambodia.
Today, The Executive Centre is the third-largest premium serviced office provider in the world and the second largest in Asia with over 1.5 million sq. ft. of office space under management, across more than 70 centres in 10 countries.
“Over the past 15 years, The Executive Centre has grown from a small representation office to being a major player in Sydney, Singapore, Shanghai and Seoul. We continue to win support from local and overseas businesses and are now the preferred “go-to” brand for the Fortune 500 companies and major MNCs. What has brought us this far is our endeavour to accelerate our clients’ success through unparalleled service excellence and premium serviced office solutions, creating a truly exceptional office experience on the way,” remarked Paul Salnikow, Chairman & CEO, The Executive Centre.
In Australia, The Executive Centre opened its first centre at Aurora Place, Sydney in 2000 at the start of the new millennium. Since then, the Company has pioneered the rapid development of the serviced office industry and set the benchmark standard for office environments and business services. In Sydney, the Company now has a strong presence with a core portfolio of Grade A buildings including Aurora Place, Australian Square, NorthPoint Tower, Governor Phillip Tower as well as the flagship centre at 1 Blight Street.
Yvonne Lim, Regional Director of Australia, Singapore and Jakarta, The Executive Centre rejoiced, “Everything we have achieved in the Sydney market over the past 15 years has been built upon gaining the tremendous support and trust of our clients, agents, business partners and industry professionals as well as our fellow team members. Looking ahead, we will continue to uphold our service philosophy of “Excellent Locations. Excellent Service and Excellent Value.”, and are positioned to set the global standard for quality, service and design in the serviced office industry to meet the increasingly multi-faceted needs of our clients.”
The Executive Centre is planning to further expand its business in Asia Pacific and meanwhile running the business in a socially responsible manner through giving back to the community. Paul Salnikow added, “We know that The Executive Centre would not have the privilege to develop its success without developing the communities that have supported us. Making donations to CHOICE Cambodia in support of its initiatives to assist extremely poor Cambodian families and individuals is one of our ways to contribute to the communities as well as fulfill our social corporate responsibility, and this is something we will continue to do.”
In celebration of the momentous milestone, The Executive Centre will be holding a series of events and activities in the local markets.
These 4 Aussie guys, usually drilling in central Queensland, took a day off from their holiday in Cambodia to visit the kids at the Choice centre. They brought with them 4 bicycles to give away to 4 lucky children. These children were chosen for their good attendance record. They were pretty happy kids! Many many thanks to Damien Lagos, Joshua Myatt, Matty Bressington and Andrew Hynes for your generous gift.
Many thanks to “Bikes 4 Life” for donating 25 bicycles to the CHOICE Children. Thanks to CCF and Leanne Balkin and all other organizations involved in organizing this.
Because we have more than 100 students we will present a bike to the students that have the best attendance record and live furthest from our school. Besides providing transport its a great incentive for these kids to attend school as they are from extremely poor squatter families.
Srey Peck will be the first as she has an excellent attendance record and lives far away, presentation pictures of this will be shown as they are handed out.
Many thanks to IFC (International Finance Corporation) Phnom Penh. Once again they are helping CHOICE to support poor Cambodian children. This time they have donated 7 Lenova ThinkPad X201 laptops, all in excellent working condition (plus some accessories) and not very old. The timing could not have been better as several of our anceint laptops have problems beyond repair. Now we have 16 good working laptops for the students and 2 for the Khmer staff. Pictured below are the laptops and some of the students working with them.
CHOICE Cambodia received a donation of 100kg (2 bags) of rice today from www.kids-at-risk-cambodia.org. They will be donating 2 bags of rice to us on a regukar monthly basis from now on, many thanks to Bart Belanger, Director of the Kids at Risk.
Ross & Bart
Many thanks to West Coast Coaching, they have had their bake sale in California raising more funds for CHOICE. They were also involved in running a concert with the help of Laurie Bertani. It was a great success and raised around US$700, making a total of US$1710 towards the Village and a Minibus for CHOICE (see Choice Donations). Currently CHOICE use the small water truck for transportation of Volunteers between Phnom Penh and the Village/Choice Center. The truck needs to be left at the center for 6am transportation of extra children before the 1st October 2012, and a minibus will provide more comfort and protection for Volunteers.
Left supporters of CHOICE pictured below, from USA Ylka van Bemmel Reiss, husband and Lefty, centre the concert promo, right Bav the organizer.