Cambodia's poor to benefit from college fun run
MORE than 400 students, families and community members of all ages went colourful for a good cause at the annual St Andrew's Anglican College Charity Fun Run.
This year the Rainbow Run, organised by Year 12 prefects at the Peregian Springs school, involved colour stations as well as a slip'n'slide to cool down at the end.
Registrations from this event raised $2580, with all proceeds going to the college's partnership with Cambodian-based not-for-profit organisation RawImpact.
College head of global learning Tim Barrett said the project aimed to help support and educate marginalised Khmer people by building bamboo housing and sustainable gardens, providing much-needed shelter, food and an income source.
"Each September, the college sends over a team of students and staff to work alongside local families and qualified tradespeople who also volunteer their time and skills,” Mr Barrett said.
"While St Andrew's is committed to serving our local community on a weekly basis through our St Andrew's Serves program, it is also great that we have a global focus so that our students can appreciate how fortunate we are to live in a country like Australia.
"The college is very conscious to ensure that our global projects in both Cambodia and Thailand are done in partnerships with local communities and are directed by those who have training and experience in sustainable development.
"We are really thankful for the support of the college community, who allow us to really make a difference to the lives of some of the world's poorest people.”