Caring Connections
March 2019
 
 
Upcoming Events
 
Kendra Scott Gives Back
Shopping Evening
May 2nd  6-8pm
Austin, Texas
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CFC Luncheon
September 13, 2019
JW Marriott
Austin, Texas
Enjoy an elegant afternoon with friends and CFC supporters.
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First Annual CFC
Charity Golf Classic
September 22, 2019
Gillette Ridge Golf Club
Bloomfield, CT
Mark your calendars for a fun day: lunch, golf, dinner and more!
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Singapore celebrates CFC Day
Picotin Restaurant in Singapore provided a lovely venue for an event that gave volunteers, new and old, a chance to mingle and celebrate CFC's sixteen years of caring on CFC Day. What a great day to celebrate anything CFC and our valued volunteers!
 

Thanks to Picotin and thanks to our
amazing Singapore volunteers!
CFC Founder Jamie Amelio is 'Staying Bothered'
Launched by CFC Founder Jamie Amelio, Staying Bothered is a global movement that helps people find what bothers them the most, motivates them to get involved and provides them with the tools to stay committed to affect real and positive change. Staying Bothered, is about untold possibilities. Its central message is that whatever your 'bother' is, stay focused and continue to do something about it.
 
CFC is a perfect example of this movement: Jamie Amelio and everyone who has joined her efforts since 2003 continue to stay bothered and focused on providing access to quality education for Cambodian children.
 
To learn more, visit www.stayingbothered.com.
Stay tuned for Jamie's next book, "Staying Bothered, A How-To Guide to Making a Difference" due to be released in mid-2019.
A jam-packed
day of giving in Austin!
 
 
February 9th was a busy day for CFC in Austin, Texas! The 2nd Annual Far East Fest brought supporters together to enjoy an all-you-can-eat Asian food festival. CFC was selected to be one of Far East Fest's partner nonprofits and received a portion of the event proceeds. Volunteers manned an information booth and discussed CFC's mission to the nearly 3,000 festival-goers. The blistering cold day also allowed them to sell a few CFC sweatshirts!
 
Just a few hours later, CFC supporters donned their evening wear for an art exhibit at Russell Fine Art Collection in Austin. Chinese sancai artist Guo Aihe debuted his artwork and discussed the importance of education with gallery attendees. Two glazed ceramic paintings were sold to the highest bidders with proceeds benefiting CFC.
                      
What a day...and what a night! Thanks to everyone for making it happen!
UN Update: The Path You Take
As our Youth Ambassador and Youth Representative to the United Nations, Kelly Procida represents CFC, the same organization that years ago sparked her passion for giving back. In eighth grade while living in Singapore, she and her family went on a volunteer trip to Cambodia and that trip set her on a path focused on giving back. After studying social work in college and international development in graduate school, Kelly now works at Unicef USA.
 
In January, she attended her first session facilitated by the Department of Global Communications, the UN department that works closely with NGOs. The goal of this department is to promote constructive relations between NGOs and the UN, to foster greater coherence on shared issues and to facilitate engagement in UN processes.
 
During the session, panelists shared how their individual path had led them to give back to communities around the world. "Everyone in that room was from different walks of life with different paths, but we had all come together at the UN. What a perfect fit for my first session representing CFC at the UN!"
 
Students helping students
Thank you to all school communities near and far -- 
you are all making a difference!
 
Tanglin Trust School (Singapore)...
Students from Tanglin Trust School in Singapore set the bar high for school fundraising efforts, raising over USD$20,000 to support their March service trip. The Junior Awards Scheme for Schools (JASS) is offered to Year 6 students and gives them the opportunity to develop philanthropic awareness, complete their own fundraising, take part in service work and discover more about themselves and their world.
 
To fund their March 2019 service trip, Tanglin students engaged in a variety of individual fundraisers that exhausted the imagination of your average youth fundraiser: a sponsored walk in Singapore's Botanic Gardens, cake sales, a lemonade stand, an island cycle ride, donation of birthday money, a sponsored swim, sponsored hike of Bukit Timah hill, a film night, and more. Overall, the efforts of these were remarkable, and the support received from parents and families was equally impressive.
 
To highlight one example, Pedaling for Cambodia, Tanglin student Pavel Pugin cycled around the entire island of Singapore (approximately 150km!) accompanied by his siblings and parents. Orange CFC shirts and CFC flags helped raise awareness for their cause during their multi-day journey. Pavel's efforts alone raised over SGD$4000 - well done! Pavel is pictured at right with his parents, siblings and grandparents who came from France to support the riders!

"What an experience! The part I enjoyed the most was Day 2 when we cycled with my grandparents, from Changi Village to Coney Island Park, it was GREAT!! It was a real pleasure to ride along the coasts, crossing parks, passing temples and decorated streets - such a variety of landscapes and scents!"  - Pavel Pugin
 
Tanglin Trust - your students and your support are simply amazing!
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Singapore American School (Singapore)...
The elementary school CFC Club at the Singapore American School (SAS) held a meeting to prepare for their upcoming May fundraiser. Students made posters and banners, practiced their speeches about CFC and, of course enjoyed some delicious orange snacks! The meeting was also a hand-off to new leadership as Catherine Edds and Brooke McConaghy handed over the reins to juniors Jenny Pohly and Michelin Maeloa. Teacher Jenny Redlin will be continue to be the club's faculty sponsor. Many thanks to Catherine and Brooke for their leadership and energy!
Keep up the great work SAS!
The Gift of Giving
Recent contributions prove that CFC volunteer efforts come in all sizes
and from all corners of the world! Thank you!
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Creations by Magali (Singapore)...
CFC supporter and designer Magali Rives-Duprat has been selling tote bags of her own design with the CFC logo on them at vendor fairs in and around Singapore. Each item is unique - personally designed, cut, stitched and stamped by Magali. She takes inspiration from Southeast Asian cultures, and fabrics are handpicked during her travels in the region. Magali generously donates a portion of her sales proceeds to CFC. To learn more about Magali's work, visit her Facebook page, Creations by Magali (click here).
 
"It has always been important for me to give my time and offer my skills to help. As a mum, I think it is really important to be a role model and show our kids that we can help, no matters in which ways but always try to contribute."
Thank you for donating your time and talent to benefit CFC!
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Supporting Dental Hygiene Month (Singapore)...
She's done it again! Singapore supporter Jenilee Yelland organized a collection campaign for toothbrushes and toothpaste as part of February's Dental Hygiene Month. Through Facebook and sharing with her network of family and friends, the response was phenomenal with over 1100 items collected. Donations were then sorted and bundled for transport to Siem Reap where they will be distributed to students for daily use and to families at community gatherings.
 
Campaign collections like this one truly have an immediate impact on our students' well-being. To find our more about how you can start your own campaign, visit the Get Involved section of our website (click here).
 
Thank you Jenilee!
Like what you see? Want to get involved?
We would love your help to 'share the orange' with your communities! To learn more about volunteer opportunities, browse the Get Involved page on our website (click here).
 
For opportunities within the U.S., please contact our National Programs Coordinator Carolyn Viens (click here). For opportunities outside of the U.S., please contact us at volunteers@caringforcambodia.org
 
We look forward to having you join our team!
 
 

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