Happy Kids Cambodia Fundraiser
We attended the first fundraising dinner for Happy Kids Cambodia, who are raising funds to support free education for the kids who attend Jimmy’s Village School in Siam Reap (Cambodia). It was a full house event and was held at a stylish Cambodian restaurant, Bopha Dhevi, located at the Docklands.
Lots of great goodies were up for grabs via the silent auction and a very entertaining live auction was held for major donations. For some of the lucky ones, random door prizes were given out. I was really hopeful that the huge hamper of chocolates (which was being raffled off) would be coming home with me! Luckily it didn’t as I’m trying to be a bit health-conscious at the moment! Anyway, I’d eaten enough food there to last me a week!
We did walk away with vouchers for Simone Perele, rock climbing vouchers from ClipnClimb and Grilled vouchers. Hubby was also thrilled with his blower from the Good Guys after a little bidding war. Gorgeous little zen gardens called ‘Jimmy Jars’ were also very popular and are constantly available for sale. These things are made with love and are a great way to bring peace and harmony to your space. Makes a great gift for Mother’s Day!
The night was a success, apart from the Skype call to Jimmy himself! Even though the internet connection did not go as great as planned, we met Jimmy. We’ve blogged about Jimmy’s Village School previously as a charity which we support and will offer on-going support to. Every child deserves the right to an education, especially those who can’t afford it. Jimmy teaches English as a second language to these kids for free in his spare time (most nights of the week)!
Happy Kids Cambodia was started up by Christine and hubby, Adrian, after they accidentally stumbled onto the school while they were on holidays in Cambodia. They were so taken by Jimmy’s giving nature that they ended up returning to help him teach the kids. Along with a bunch of very selfless friends and family, they have raised funds to help provide Jimmy’s kids with their educational needs. Since I was the one to encourage Christine to start up the charity, I offered to be there to capture the night for them. Also, as I had come from a very similar background to these Cambodian kids, I’m keen to support such a charity.
There was so much generosity happening at the fundraising night. Not only had people given a donation with their dinner reservation, they all dug deep and gave fair amounts for what was on offer on the night. The crew who helped to organise the event have given so much of their spare time to contribute towards the running of the charity. If more people were as generous as these, the world would definitely be a better place.
Education is the key to the future for everyone. Without it, countries such as Cambodia will have no hope of rising from their repression and poverty.
Please be generous and give to help educate the children so that they may in turn, teach others and make their future a brighter one.
Donate here: Happy Kids Cambodia
Read more about Jimmy’s Village School here.
You missed the event? It’s not too late – donate here: Happy Kids Cambodia
SOMH AW KO-OON J-RAHN – ‘THANK YOU VERY MUCH’ IN KHMER (CAMBODIA’S NATIONAL LANGUAGE)