Caring Connections
June 2019
 
 
Upcoming Events
The Orange Party
June 27th  7-10pm
Washington, DC
Click here for more info.
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CFC Charity Classic
September 22, 2019
Gillette Ridge Golf Club
Bloomfield, CT
Early bird discount available thru June 30th!
Click here for more info.
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SAVE THE DATE
Mustang Waters Ranch

October 5, 2019
Austin, Texas
Join us for a beautiful fall  evening with great food, live music & fun auction items.
Click here for more info.
CFC bids a fond farewell
to Chief Operating Officer Natalie Bastow
Our incredibly dynamic Chief Operating Officer, Natalie Bastow, is retiring from her position this month. We are immensely grateful for her steadfast dedication over the more than twelve years that she has worked with CFC. What a job she has done! Natalie was instrumental in building the foundation of many of our cornerstone programs in Siem Reap, developing operational processes across our global team, and helping countless CFC team members gain the skills and confidence to handle things on their own. That is the embodiment of our ultimate goal: empowering Cambodians to take control. We are getting there, and Natalie is a big reason why that is so.
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"I am so proud of the team I have been a part of for over twelve years with Caring for Cambodia. We have grown and made changes throughout those years across the globe. It has been such fun for me to get to know you and work together to create one of the most unique organizations in the world. My home is filled with photos of service, mementos, notes and cards with many of your names and faces. I have been blessed to have had the privilege to use my skills to make a difference in my personal passion: EDUCATION. It has been an amazing ride!
 
I am excited to have achieved the goal of working myself out of the best volunteer job ever! Thank you for allowing me to work alongside of you these past years. This time together has been a gift."
~ Natalie Bastow
CFC Founder attends Washington forum
 
Pictured from left to right: Brian Eyler, Director-Stimson Center Southeast Asia Program and author of 'The Last Days of the Mighty Mekong'; longtime CFC supporter Narin Jameson; Channoch Vong, First Secretary at the Royal Embassy of Cambodia; CFC Founder Jamie Amelio; and CFC Board Member and Washington DC Chapter Leader Liz King.
 
 
 
On June 6th, CFC Founder Jamie Amelio, CFC Board Member Liz King and longtime CFC supporter Narin Jameson gathered in Washington, DC to represent CFC at the Meridien Diplomacy Forum: Countries of the Mekong at the Meridien International Center. The event brought together government, business, non profit and artistic leaders from the five Southeast Asian nations along the Mekong River (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam) to attend a series of panel discussions on issues ranging from the environment, trade, economic development, the digital economy, STEM education, cultural preservation, and sustainable tourism. The forum ended with an evening reception in the stately gardens and galleries of the Meridien International Center where a series of six CFC photographs were featured and enjoyed by all the participants.
Always exciting to have CFC represented in these circles!
For more information on the event and the Meridien International Center, click here.
Singapore gatherings celebrate
trivia knowledge and volunteers
What a night for fun and trivia! In early April, over one hundred CFC supporters gathered at Singapore's popular Picotin Restaurant to test their trivia knowledge and raise money for CFC schools. Nothing like a little healthy competition to get the brain working on a weekday night! Thank you to all who joined in the fun, to all who sponsored the event and prizes, to our amazing Singapore volunteers for making it all happen. And, of course, huge appreciation to Picotin Restaurant for being an incredible host, and Branka Ralph from
Be Inquizitive for leading the exciting rounds of trivia fun!
 
* Photographs courtesy of Maureen Mai.
Okay Singapore - start brushing up on your trivia skills for next time!
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Celebrating our volunteers!
Singapore Operations Manager Renee France gathered members of the incredible Singapore volunteer team for a thank you luncheon in mid-May at Dempsey's Blu Kouzina. These dedicated volunteers are the backbone of many key components of CFC's outreach in Asia: fundraising and awareness, goods donations, school liaisons, and more. We simply could not do all that we do without this team.
Thank you all - and keep up the great work!
Kendra Scott Gives Back in Texas
 
Members of CFC's Texas Chapter hosted three separate Kendra Scott Gives Back parties in May with events held in San Antonio, Austin and Plano. Supporters gathered for fun evenings of shopping, friendship and generosity - all in the name of CFC! Special thanks to San Antonio host Carol Whorton and Plano host Christy Miller: your help and positive energy were great additions to both events. Thanks to all who attended - even with the unforeseen weather challenges on the evening of the Austin event!
 
From left to right: San Antonio supporters; Austin's dynamo team; great crowd in Plano!
    
Thank you Kendra Scott and all who attended:
we hope you enjoyed the evening and your purchases!
Students helping students
Thank you to all school communities near and far -- 
you are all making a difference!
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Australian International School (Singapore)...
Led by teacher and secondary school community service coordinator Kirsten Murphy, students from the Australian International School (AIS) in Singapore organized an absolutely impressive collection drive for toothbrushes. They managed to collect around 5,800 toothbrushes and 200 tubes of toothpaste! It seemed there was some healthy competition between the grade levels: one single classroom tallied over 700 items, and the Year 6 class contributed over 4500 items to the total pile!
 
Not only did they collect all these items, AIS students and the AIS Parents Association helped our Goods Donation Committee to unpackage, sort and count all of them (below left and center). Phew! That was no small task when you were counting 5,800 items!  Some of these toothbrushes have already arrived in Siem Reap and are ready to be put to use by our students (below right).
  
 
Tremendous thanks to the entire Australian School community!
Our dental hygiene program has been strengthened by your efforts!
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Tanglin Trust School (Singapore)...
In early May, Tanglin Trust School hosted the third annual Cheese and Wine Charity event and raised almost SGD$14,000 through a silent auction for Caring for Cambodia. Proceeds from the event will support the purchase of educational materials and medical supplies that the Tanglin Year 12 students will deliver to CFC schools on their service trip later this month. Tanglin students are very involved in the event not only through fundraising efforts but also through the development of written presentations and informational pamphlets about CFC that are distributed to the event attendees. Stay tuned for updates from the Year 12 service trip in a summer edition of our Voices from Siem Reap newsletter!
 
"As a member of the upcoming service trip, I was assigned the role of team organizer for the annual Cheese & Wine Charity event. I was responsible for overseeing the approaches to donors....as well as posters and publicity. I really enjoyed taking on new tasks, and I learned that you need to be flexible when working on projects like this one. The large sum raised meant all the effort was worthwhile. and I am looking forward very much to working with CFC in Siem Reap this summer." ~ Sophie Riley, Student Team Leader 
Tanglin Trust - your students and your support are simply amazing!
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Singapore American School (Singapore)...
The Singapore American School (SAS) Elementary School CFC Club held their annual fund raiser in May - the CFC Mile. Despite the extreme heat and humidity, students ran laps around the school track and raised SGD$1000 in support of CFC! SAS students unanimously voted in favor of contributing the funds to buy new laptops to support CFC's 30 Laptops in 30 Days campaign. This year's CFC Mile was especially notable as it was the last school fundraiser that Carolyn Edds and Lori McConaghy helped to organize: in addition to countless other contributions, these two dynamo women have worked with the SAS school clubs for the past ten years!
 
 
 
Thank you Carolyn and Lori -
and well done CFC Mile finishers!

 
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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Technology donation to support ICT classrooms (Singapore)...
TekkieHelp, a Singapore-based company that provides IT support for residential customers and small to medium-sized businesses, recently donated two refurbished laptops to our ICT program. Singapore Operations Manager Renee France was able to personally deliver the laptops on her recent trip to Siem Reap. TekkieHelp has generously offered to refurbish any laptop donated to them for CFC, helping to provide a critical source of computers for our schools.
Thank you TekkieHelp - what a wonderful addition to our ICT resources!
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Artist's works to benefit CFC (France)...
CFC supporter and artist Ruth Waldron has generously offered to share her talents in order to promote and support CFC. Now living in France, Ruth and her family spent nine years living in China and Singapore. Ruth was introduced to CFC on a trip to Siem Reap, and decided to find a sustainable way to help out. Always seeking new ways to share her creativity, Ruth has created a collection of art that she is offering for sale with 50% of the proceeds to be donated to CFC. Her paintings are abstract and strikingly colorful. Her intention is to infuse her landscapes with the raw sensations of the location; drawing on memories of the wild environment in Ireland and the soft rolling countryside of rural Tarn.
 
These small paintings would make wonderful gifts and beautifully decorative home accessories. Place your order for your favorite piece on her website (click here), and the original art will be shipped directly to you no matter where you are in the world.
Thank you Ruth for sharing your talents in such a beautifully philanthropic way.
We so appreciate your support!
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Dental Hygiene Supplies (Singapore)...
Singapore-based Travelport collected 1500 toothbrushes and 200 tubes of toothpaste to support our dental hygiene program. The group even went the extra step and organized a work party to remove all the packaging which made it easier for us to transport the donations to Siem Reap.
Thank you Travelport!
 
 

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