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.
Financially its a real struggle, we have recently had to close several programs, Medical and Dental clinics, birth control, formula milk, the sewing room will close and new apprenticeships for boys is on hold due to lack of finances.
I realize the problems with fundraising, as myself and family have all had separate fundraising events in the past. We can’t keep asking the same friends to keep fundraising, as many of you have done in the past. Our friends and family get tired of the regular requests for financial help.
So in order to find better ways to raise extra funding we established “Sponsor a Child” and created “CHOICE Family Australia” but its not working.
We need our supporters to market and promote these two programs as we survive without any major sponsors or Government support. “Sponsor a Child” details can be found on the following link:
“CHOICE Family Australia” was registered and developed to attract small direct debits of a few dollars per pay upwards from Australians. Paid regularly into our Australian Bank account this money is to provide our senior students with Scholarships or Apprenticeships as needed.
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This was a special trip, apart from the regular volunteers and Rick, the rest of the volunteers were Melanie’s (CHOICE Trustee) family. Fourteen year old sister Katie Edelson had done a charity fundraiser for CHOICE as a Girl Scout project back in the US. She purchased 7 bags of rice, 4 x 8’x4′ Whiteboards, 240 school books, pencils etc, food for the village trip, she paid for Tarpaulins to cover leaky grass roofs, a replacement water pump head in the Village and many cans of baby formulae milk for the women unable to breastfeed. We really appreciate Katie’s support, she raised a total of US$766 to help the desperate needs of these Villager’s. Thanks to everyone who helped and donated this Sunday.
THIS IS KATIE’S STORY:
“My name is Katie Edelson and in 2011 I went to Cambodia to give food and supplies to the people in the provinces. I just turned 14 and before this trip I had never seen poverty. Sure, I had heard about it, seen it on TV, but they were pretty much just faces on a screen. Just like so many other things in my culture, they weren’t real.
I have been a Girl Scout for 9 years now and it was time to earn my Silver Award, which is the highest award a girl my age can earn. It took me several months to come up with an idea for my project, but when my sister told me about CHOICE it was set: I decided to collect money for CHOICE. According to Girl Scout rules, I am not allowed to just collect money and give it to another organization, so I decided that I would collect money and then buy supplies to take to the village people. In order to gather the funds, I sent out a flyer and did several presentations to local groups.
Thanks to everyone’s generosity, I arrived in Cambodia with $766 and met with the CHOICE people. We figured out which supplies were most needed and went shopping for them. The next day we went to the villages to distribute the supplies.
It was amazing to me how the people could literally have nothing, their water contaminated with poison and their grass huts looking like they are about to fall over and still be so happy and smiling. The children came out and surrounded me. They clung to my arms and smiled at me. They offered us nuts and yams and sugarcane juice to drink.
We handed out bags of food and soap. The looks of happiness and gratitude on those people’s faces was mind-blowing. We set up a whiteboard and that was now a school room. We sang songs, played games and finger painted. There was a girl who gave her painting to me. I will keep it forever, along with this memory.
I connected with some of these people in a way I never have before. I know that this is a life changing experience. It was just as wonderful as I imagined, only more so. I am so very grateful for this opportunity.”
Pictured is Katie with some of the rice, handing out baby formulae milk powder. The art class at work, Melanie and Katie rest while Mark does some juggling, storing one of the whiteboards, giving out a donated guitar, the pumphead and dressing an old Villager in a donated leather jacket.
On Saturday 22nd January 2011 we met at California 2 to begin our fundraising pub crawl. Organized by Bill, Kevin and Rudy for “Russells Foundation”, in turn the money raised was donated to CHOICE. With “T” Shirts on about twenty of us went around the corner to Nay Nay, then Lonestar losing only one on the way. Now well into the spirits of the evening it was Golden Vine, Zapata, Top Ten, Sharkey and finally Walkabout with only about one dozen remaining. Special thanks to Graeme from Top Ten Bar who collected US$61.50 from from staff and patrons. A great night with a total of US$366.50 raised. Thanks to everyone who donated and supported the night.