Wednesday, March 3, 2010

MPP Miller Congratulates Lisa McCoy on the Inauguration of ‘The Muskoka School’ in Cambodia


Norm Miller, MPP for Parry Sound-Muskoka, took the opportunity today to congratulate Lisa McCoy for her tireless efforts in raising funds for ‘The Muskoka School’ constructed in the Siem Reap District of Cambodia.

Mr. Miller also thanked the Rotary Clubs of Muskoka, the Ontario-based Cambodian Landmine Museum Relief Fund, the Trailblazer Foundation, and the generous contributions by the people of Muskoka, who raised over $20,000. This money allowed 400 Cambodian children to have the opportunity to continue their education in a brand new school.

In addition to the construction of the school, funds were raised for the purchase of new uniforms for all 400 students, and over 140 bicycles that were distributed in the most rural regions of Cambodia.

Ms. McCoy, a resident of Gravenhurst and a former librarian, was compelled to help the children and youth of Cambodia and Burma after her travels to the region.

“Education is the key to prosperity for so many children across the world. Lisa McCoy’s efforts in helping to get this school constructed is an inspiration to our communities, and we are all proud of what she has accomplished.”
--Norm Miller, MPP Parry Sound – Muskoka

“I want to extend my appreciation to all those who donated their time or their talents. The people of Parry Sound-Muskoka and all the groups that contributed to this great cause deserve to be commended.”
--Norm Miller, MPP Parry Sound – Muskoka


To view statement the go to:

Norm Miller, MPP
705-645-8538 or 416-325-1012

From Lisa McCoy, Executive Director and Maria van Santen, Founder of 'A Mine Free World Foundation', a registered non-profit in Canada:

Our sincerest thanks to the Citizens and Rotary Clubs of Muskoka for their generous hearts, for volunteering all their time and talents, and for funding school projects, scholarships and bicycles for the impoverished children and landmine survivors in rural Cambodia.

Many children in rural Cambodia still need your help! To make a donation, please send your cheque, big or small, to:

A Mine Free World Foundation
906 Fung Place,
Kitchener, ON, Canada
N2A 4M3

I am still here in Cambodia one more month, and will be distributing more bicycles in the rural villages of Takeo Province, Cambodia. So far, over 250 bicycles have been distributed to rural children in need this winter. You can help a child receive this valuable transportation for education with a donation of $50. Or, you can provide educational support for a child landmine survivor, or help fund a rural school-building project.

Once I'm back in Canada, I'd be happy to give any group a visual presentation of Muskoka's efforts here in Cambodia. You can contact me at:

Way To Go Muskoka! You have made 'The Muskoka School' a reality here in rural Cambodia!

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