Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

Bringing Aid to Cambodia; Keagan Ryan Talks to One of the Maroochydore High School Students before the Group's 16-Day Life-Changing Excursion

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

Bringing Aid to Cambodia; Keagan Ryan Talks to One of the Maroochydore High School Students before the Group's 16-Day Life-Changing Excursion

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A GUIDE FOR HUSK DONATIONS

$20: Buys two fruit trees, soil and bamboo protection

$35: Buys one rubbish bin and 12 months of rubbish collection

$60: Buys one water filter

$50: Buys materials to undertake basic house repairs such as fixing walls or a leaking roof

$150: Buys one water pull pump

$350: Buys a dual chamber toilet for a family

WHILE we would all like to end global poverty and help those less fortunate in third-world countries, few of us actually put words into action and do something about it.

But a group of Year 11 and 12 students from Maroochydore High School are doing more than merely collecting donations and sending them to those countries in need.

They are experiencing one of those countries firsthand.

Fifteen students yesterday began their 16-day life-changing excursion to Cambodia, determined to make a difference through the school's humanitarian project.

Each student had to raise $1500 to cover their travel expenses and donations.

Year 12 student Molly Blain is making her second journey with the group after taking up the offer last year.

The 16-year-old said she simply could not pass up the opportunity to return to Phnom Penh Co the nation's capital.

C[pounds sterling]Originally I was going to go in Year 11 just so I could experience it,C[yen] she said. C[pounds sterling]Then in Year 12, I could focus on my studies.

C[pounds sterling]But going last year, (we) made such a close bond with the kids and all the people over there.

C[pounds sterling]When you leave, they all ask, CyWhen are you coming back?'

C[pounds sterling]You want to go back just to see them and experience it all again Co it was so life changing.C[yen]

The first 10 nights will be spent at the Save the Children for Development Orphanage in Phnom Penh.

Molly said that at the first sight of the teenagers, the children of the orphanage were already opening their arms in welcome.

C[pounds sterling]The first time going into the orphanage all the children are in their uniforms . …

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