I spent all of January and February in Cambodia mainly at Sunrise Kandal, but l also visited Sunrise Angkor in Siem Reap twice to meet special donors.
There were many visits by sponsors and a special time was had with our Finnish friends from the Sibelius Music Group, who had wonderful workshops with the children in music and dance.
This was their second visit and there are hopes that we might be able to visit Finland to perform at some stage in the future.
80 of us from Sunrise were honoured to be invited as a group to go to the Royal Palace to offer our final love and respect to King Norodom Sihanouk, who died last year and was lying in state for the public to say farewell before his cremation.
Most of March was spent in Melbourne and Sydney doing presentations to Freehills, Macquarie Bank, Count Foundation and radio interviews including ABC’s Radio Australia. Susie and Tim
Lawson hosted a cocktail party in their gracious Pymble home, which is already showing great financial dividends. Thanks so much, Susie and Tim. Warm thanks to the Segal Family in Melbourne, who always make my time there wonderful and to Pat Blamey in Sydney, who makes me feel right at home every time I stay with her.
Thanks also to Jim and Yana Glaros whose home is always mine when I am in Adelaide.
I was able to have a week in Beijing with my dear friend, John Spooner, who is the Raffles Hotel Ambassador there.
Warm thanks to Matthias Alamiry, the Manager of the hotel, who gave me a free room. Luxury indeed! The end of the month was spent back in Sydney for one of our Board
Meetings and where I was able to catch up with friends before going to Adelaide to have a few days with my family, then flying home to the children.
Many of you might have recently seen the Sunrise ads on television and tributes must go to the generosity of Kevin Moreland and the staff of BCM Advertising in Brisbane, who came to Cambodia to film the ads before they returned to Australia to do all the editing and arrangements to have the ads placed on commercial television. All this at no cost to Sunrise.
Yes, there are businesses out there with hearts and a huge thank you goes out to all at BCM. The response from viewers is very noticeable since the ads have been viewing and we expect this interest to increase.
During this period I met many of our valued sponsors, both in Cambodia, Melbourne and Sydney and am reminded of the fact that we owe so much to these people and corporations for their continued interest in Sunrise. The children and I will not forget the roles you play in our lives. Everything will be alright in the end, and if it is not, then it is not yet the end!