Cambodia calling for caring Cass
WHEN Cass Sutton visited Cambodia for the first time on a family holiday she fell in love with the place and the people who call it home.
In July, the Bellingen resident is heading back over, along with a few friends, to volunteer with the Buddhist Library's Cambodia project, which provides water tanks to schools, English speaking classes and free dental clinics in and around Kampot province.
It's not the first time the local photographer has volunteered with this organisation.
Cass spent time there last year documenting the charity's work and arranging for the donation of 70 bicycles to children in some of the poorest schools.
Talking about what inspired her, Cass said, "Camdodia went straight to my heart."
"The people have been through so much in recent history and many still live in extreme poverty, but their spirit is inspiring and this really struck me."
This trip, Cass and crew will be giving English lessons along with organising for more bicycles to be distributed.
"Many of these kids live so far away from school and a bicycle can sometimes mean the difference between accessing education or not."
"At the schools children can access free health services like dental checks, so having a bicycle to get to and from school easily creates a number of positive." Along with donating time and collecting money for bikes, the team of volunteers will also take clothes, games, books and other supplies.
Cass said she is hoping to make the fundraising initiative and volunteer trip an annual occurrence.
Donate $70 to buy a bike for a child in Cambodia and your name or the name of your business will be spray-painted on it.
Anyone wishing to donate money for bicycles is invited to deposit funds into the following bank account: BCU Account - 242403, BSB - 704328, Name - Cassandra Sutton.
Include your name as a deposit reference and email email@example.com to let her know what you would like spray painted on the bike.