I hope you all had a wonderful silly season and are now back working for a prosperous 2015.
In October we enjoyed a visit from one of our most generous Singapore sponsors, Kris Energy, who give $10,000 each month, every month.
Another visit from Mike and Corinne of The Helping Foundation, who are as close to family as you can get, making several trips to us each year bearing gifts for the children.
I did a presentation to a group from my speaking bureau, ICMI, at the Grand Hotel in Siem Reap.
Our dance and music team were chosen from many to play in an orchestra celebrating the King’s Birthday Concert. How good is that?
One of our best performances ever was for H.E Dr Hun Manet, the Prime Minister’s son, at the Chaktomuk Theatre, where he was so enamoured with us, he took all 80 of us to a five-course meal after the performance. What generosity! He and his Cabinet have chosen Sunrise to be among the four children’s centres they support and we can expect much more from them over the years.
My annual visit to Singapore included presentations to organisations like Freehills and Ashurst. I flew to Adelaide for our Annual General Meeting and was also able to spend time with the Sunrise students there, Kong Kea, Srey Leak, Sopheak, Vecheka, Visal, Soknoeun and Theaneath, who are getting great marks in their exams and making us very proud.
In November we added two volunteers to work for 12 months in our office, Jade Martin and Sin Sezen. Jade will help me doing most of our communications work – emails, Facebook, Twitter and so on. Just check on our Facebook to see what a treasure she is. Sin is assisting in our fundraising work and the both of them will make life a lot easier for me and management at Sunrise.
In December I was lucky enough to be invited as a guest lecturer in Sihanoukville on board the World Cruise ship, one of the most exclusive ships in the world. I met a lot of very kind and wealthy people, who I hope will donate to us in a big way over coming months.
Students and teachers from the Bishop Druitt College made their annual visit and the children gave them a warm welcome.
I hosted a Christmas Day lunch for friends, provided by the Raffles Hotel, who are one of the most supporting hotels in Cambodia for Sunrise.
During this quarter I also made several visits to Sunrise Two in Siem Reap to keep my contact up with the children there. Taking them all to an ice cream shop really paves the way for this! Then there were the many visits by sponsors and visitors to keep me more than busy.
This is the first of a shorter version of our newsletter, as it was getting too long to hold your interest. We really want you to enjoy reading them, because let’s face it, you are the reason we write them, so you can see how the lives of Sunrise children are enriched by your interest and generosity. Sunrise children, staff and I really appreciate all that you do for us.