Caring Connections
September 2014
A global update on awareness and support
Upcoming Events
Singapore General Meeting and Volunteer Fair
Wednesday, September 17th
10am-12pm or 7-9pm
The American Club, Claymore Hill Road, Singapore

Meet committee members and learn about our essential work educating over 6,400 students from pre-school through high school in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Reconnect with fellow CFC friends and volunteers. Chief Operating Officer Natalie Bastow will be visiting Singapore and will give a first-hand update of CFC's recent progress. 
Whatever your time, skills or interests, there is something for everyone!
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Orange in New York City!
Reception and Book Signing
Wednesday, October 8th, 6-8pm
Olgivy and Mather, 636 11th Avenue, New York
We are excited to announce CFC's first event in the Big Apple!
CFC Founder Jamie Amelio and author of Graced With Orange will share the story of her visionary dedication to education, and her journey to transform the lives of thousands of Cambodian children. The evening's special guest will be Adam Snyder, co-author of Graced with Orange, freelance business writer and president of the animation and video company Rembrandt Films.
Please RSVP by September 28th to
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Make-A-Difference (M.A.D.) Trip
October 23rd - 26th
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Spaces are limited! Register by October 1st for the annual autumn M.A.D. trip. Families and friends are invited to participate in hands-on service projects at selected CFC school campuses. For more information, email us at
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Singapore Caring Tea
Thursday, November 13th, 12-3pm
Faber Peak, Singapore

Delight in an afternoon amongst friends and fellow CFC supporters as you view and bid on many exquisitely designed tableware settings or other valuable lucky draw and silent auction prizes. Tickets available for sale on our website from September 29th. If you're interested in volunteering to help with the event or would like to donate an auction item, please contact Kay Flanagan at 
CFC welcomes new Deputy Country Director 
We are pleased to introduce Christin Spoolstra as CFC's new Deputy Country Director. Originally from Indiana and a graduate of Albion College in Michigan, Christin has spent the last three years volunteering for the Peace Corps in Cambodia. Initially, she volunteered in the English Teaching and Teacher Training Project in Svay Rieng Province, and then, most recently, she was the Volunteer Leader in Phnom Penh. Christin's knowledge of the Khmer language, her familiarity with the Cambodian culture, and her passion for education will serve her well in her new role with CFC. 
As Deputy Country Director, Christin will be Country Director Ung Savy's right-hand woman and the central point of communication. Her primary responsiblilities will include helping to establish strategic direction and execution of key CFC programs, working with the Program Managers to strengthen current programs and implement new community programs, development of Human Resource policies and procedures, and training of local staff with communication and PR skills. 
The entire CFC international team welcomes Christin to Siem Reap and looks forward to working with her to further promote quality education and a promising future for Cambodia's children.
Welcome to the team Christin!
FMFH meets goal with Mount Kilimanjaro summit
It is with immense admiration and gratitude that CFC shares the news that Denise and Dylan Palladino summited Mount Kilimanjaro in June and surpassed their fundraising goal. Their efforts not only represent an incredible physical feat that required months of intense training to reach a height of 19,341 feet, but also a deliberate and broad-reaching fundraising campaign in support of Feeding Minds Fighting Hunger (FMFH).

At the outset, FMFH established an ambitious goal of 
raising SGD$125,000 to fully fund CFC's Food for Thought program for one year, ensuring that over 5,000 students across our twenty-one schools receive two healthy meals a day. After their ascent and final campaigns, Dylan and his mother were able to raise an astonishing USD$134,500 from all corners of the globe as individuals, schools and businesses contributed in numerous ways. To read more about their amazing journey, please click here for an in-depth article in the September issue of Expat Living.

To quote Dylan on this amazing achievement:
"Standing at the Roof of Africa was breathtaking! As I was descending, I realized my dream of taking this adventure and turning it into something so much more meaningful had happened. Finishing the seven-day climb was an emotional and powerful experience, and forced me to find strength I never thought I had. I knew we had so many people cheering and praying for us."

CFC remains profoundly grateful for the spirit and ambition embodied by Dylan and Denise, and for the generosity of so many who enabled the successful funding of our Food for Thought program.
Congratulations and thank you! 
News from our California Chapter
We are pleased to introduce Edna Cooper(at right) as our new California Chapter Leader!  Carolyn Viens passed the orange baton to Edna as she is now living in Chicago and will be initiating the Midwest Chapter. Having previously lived in Singapore, Edna's affiliation with CFC dates to the early years when she served on the Board of Directors (2005-2008) and as Treasurer for a short period.

In addition to a vibrant 'orange' spirit, Edna has an extensive array of corporate and non-profit experiences that will strengthen her position as Chapter Leader, and she already has some exciting plans in store for CFC in California. Welcome Edna! 

Take a look at all the exciting things happening in California...

Empty Bowls Event ~ In late May, long-time supporters Kendall and Mike Connors opened their home in Piedmont for an Empty Bowls Open House event to benefit FMFH and Food for Thought. The event was co-hosted by other Piedmont CFC supporters (Sandi Hutchinson, Carolyn Viens, and Edna Cooper).  Donations of USD$20 were collected in exchange for a bowl of delicious chili, and for every bowl, the donation provided 200 meals.
Youth lead the way ~ A new CFC Community Youth Club has been launched in the San Francisco Bay Area,  by Piedmont High School juniors, Tess Olcott and Audrey Meyersieck (at right) to support CFC through awareness building, Calendar of Giving campaigns and other fundraising efforts. In the beginning stage, the Club will include young people from middle and high schools throughout the Piedmont and Oakland communities.

We are very excited to have these enthusiastic teens, Tess and Audrey, as part of the CFC California Chapter!

Chapter members organize inaugural 5K race in San Jose to benefit CFC
"One Step More Can Open Another Door"
The Joroski Family first learned about CFC while living in Singapore, and through volunteer opportunities and service trips, they developed an "orange" affinity that has remained strong even after relocating to the Bay Area. In early discussions of planning a race together, Elena Joroski and her daughter, Trinity, agreed that they would choose CFC as the event beneficiary. They then set in motion meticulous plans for a 5K race in the San Jose area combining event planning skills with marketing tactics and fundraising efforts that helped to raise funds but also awareness of CFC throughout the Bay Area community.

On a beautiful Saturday August 30th, eighty-one registered participants joined in the spirited 5K race themed "One Step More Can Open Another Door" and funds raised are expected to reach USD$4600. Although spearheaded by Elena and Trinity, the event was truly a community affair--pooling talents and resources from friends and family, soliciting donations from local corporations (such as Qolsys with the donation of water bottles), securing advertising space in local media, and even working with a Cambodian-owned bakery to provide free donuts.
Thank you to the entire Joroski Family for their generosity and their willingness to take the extra step to help others. And to the broader Bay Area community, we are so thankful for your support!
News from our Austin, Texas Chapter
Organized by enthusiastic supporter Nicole Lloyd, the first-ever Austin Trivia Night was held in June. The event was a hit and many new Austinites were introduced to CFC. Teams answered trivia questions about music, Austin and the decade of the 1990s. Questions that required teams to finish the lines of a song lyric were particularly entertaining as everyone attempted to sing the song aloud to freshen their memory. All attendees were given CFC brochures and fact sheets, and several expressed a desire to volunteer with us in the future. Fantastic job Nicole!
News from our Washington, DC Chapter
Congratulations to Sharmishta Sivaramakrishnan, a former Treasurer of the CFC High School club at the Singapore American School and a current student in International Affairs and Economics at George Washington University in Washington, DC. Inspired by her connections to Cambodia through CFC, Sharmishta organized a panel discussion on Cambodia with three Southeast Asia experts who addressed Cambodia in the context of ASEAN. Among the approximately fifty attendees were DC Chapter members Narin Jameson, Don Jameson and Liz King who were thrilled to show their orange support! Sharmishta is photographed above with Liz and Narin. Well done!
The Gift of Giving

Recent contributions prove that CFC volunteer efforts come in all sizes and from all corners of the world!
"Pledge A Shoe" (Singapore)...An incredible crowd of 9,000 children and parents turned out for the annual Cold Storage Kids Run on May 18th in Singapore. Organized by Endurance Sport Pte Ltd and sponsored by Cold Storage, the event raised SGD$8800 in support of the Pledge-A-Shoe campaign with funds going towards the purchase of new shoes for CFC students. This is the second year in a row that CFC has been chosen as the event's sponsored charity. Thank you to all the generous public donors for their contributions and to all the participants for their enthusiastic athletic talents! Simply amazing!

Corporate support...Employees of Emerson participating in a PWS AP Power Industry Solutions Conference recently collected USD$700 in support of CFC. Donations were initially received in seven different currencies - fantastic truly global support and corporate social responsibility effort!
Students helping students  

Thank you to all school communities near and far --
you are all making a difference!
An "egg-cellent" end of term (Tanglin Trust School)...
As a prelude to the Easter holidays last April, students from Tanglin Trust School's Class 2:3 attended a fundraiser event organized by class parent Kate Saynor at the RedSea Gallery in Singapore. The "Eggshibition" event which encouraged guests to purchase decorative eggs that had been speciallly designed by the schoolchildren raised SGD$2010 for CFC. Special thanks also to owners Chris and Charlie Churcher for opening their gallery for the event. 

FMFH donation (Chatsworth International School, Singapore)...In support of FMFH, teacher Angela Collins and her Year 1 students at Chatsworth International School collected SGD$881 from bake sale funds and a Spare Change Fundraiser.
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