As part of St Johns Park Bowling Club’s Team Development Program, two outstanding team members were chosen this year to represent the Club on the Help2Help Charity Tour in Cambodia.
Sibel and Yen were recognised for their dedication and were sent on a 9 day life changing experience in Cambodia, where they prepared and delivered food to small villages in need. Here is their story …
We left our Hotel after breakfast to head for Siem Reap. We stopped at Tip Village on the way. This was the first time we had witnessed true poverty in Cambodia. We handed out the food packs that were prepared the previous day. It was a shock to see the poor living conditions these people suffer. Small children with no shoes or clothes and houses made from corrugated iron really made us consider how privileged we are in Australia.
Our next stop of the day was Spider Village. This market sells many varieties of insects, which we found to be quite interesting.
We were invited to stay at Ly’s (our tour guide) home. We all stayed in our own tents in front of Ly’s home. His wife Rathana was our cook, who managed to prepare a fantastic meal. The couple have 2 children of their own, and also care for 10 orphaned children in the same small house. For our welcoming dinner, Help2Help organised a group of traditional Cambodian dancers to perform for us at Ly’s house.