$4,740 RAISED AT GIANT GARAGE SALE
Many thanks to all those who helped raise this monumental amount at our 5th Annual Giant Garage Sale in aid of needy rural children in Cambodia. Our goal to raise US$3,500 for 100 bicycles for the ‘Muskoka School’ in Siem Reap province was far exceeded thanks to the hard work and generosity of Muskokans far and wide.
A big thank you goes to the Gravenhurst Curling Club for allowing us to hold our July 10th & 11th sale in their arena – which we filled with four garages worth of donated items. Sincere thanks to fellow Cambodia travelers Jay and Linda Harrison, who helped coordinate the event. Our dedicated volunteer’s energy levels were replenished thanks to delicious sandwiches provided by Blondie’s Restaurant and Catering. Bill & Dora Rathbun kept us going with fresh perked coffee all weekend.
Thanks to Friday trucking and muscle power provided by Jay & Linda Harrison, Enno Hoekstra, Pat Bongers, Leslie Chamberlain, Steve Hayhurst, Andy McCoy and our crew of movers. Thanks to all who manned the sale over the weekend and helped to clean up. A special thanks to all those from the Rotary Club of Gravenhurst for their volunteer efforts.
Dan Blix Ad Services provided the graphic design for all our posters and handouts. Many thanks to Muskoka area publications for their support and promotion of the sale. Thanks also goes to Dan for designing the bright new header on this blog site.
Because of your donations and efforts, rural children in Cambodia who do not have the means by which to attend the ‘Muskoka School’ there, or have to walk kilometers to attend, will be provided with a bicycle. This is a collaborative project of ‘A Mine Free World Foundation’ in Canada and ‘The Trailblazer Foundation’ in the US. Excess funds will go to provide school desks and supplies for two small rural schools and educational support for needy children. You can follow the progress of these projects at: http://schoolsforcambodia.blogspot.com/
On Monday, July 12th, I visited one of my fovorite group of ladies in Bracebridge at 'Daphne's Drop In' to give them a presentation of my past winter's volunteer efforts. Last year, these wonderful women donated $150 for food for flood victims in Cambodia after Typoon Ketsana left many homeless and in great need there.
This year, they donated $125 for a sewing machine and supplies for a rural Cambodian woman to have her own clothesmaking and mending business. One of the women also donated a good used laptop that is desperately needed by teachers and students there.
My good friend, Maria Duncalf, organizies Daphne's Drop In, which is a fun weekly drop in for ALL women - every Monday, from 9:30 - 12:00 at the Women's Resource Centre in Bracebridge. For more info, contact: Daphne@muskoka.com
Speaking of laptops - I head back to Cambodia the beginning of October and am in need of more good used LAPTOPS to take with me - also some used educational CD-ROMS. Contact me at 705-687-8538 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help out with this need.
Having fun riding my new STRIDA bicycle - getting it warmed up for Cambodia action - check out Steve Inniss' Saved By Bikes blog at: http://savedbybikes.com/blog/.
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