Caring Connections
February 2015
  
A global update on awareness and support
Dear Caring Friends ~
 
We have had an amazing start to 2015 and the Year of the Goat! The stories below offer inspirations about how to really 'do something'. The impact that your dollars and voices have on improving the lives of thousands of children and their communities is vast. You don't have to donate funds, time or expertise - BUT YOU DO - and that makes you special.
 
I would like to challenge each of you to become a true ambassador for this organization. Share this newsletter with friends and check out our stories on Facebook and Twitter. Take a trip and experience first-hand the work that we are doing or attend an upcoming event. Be inspired by the ambassadors highlighted this month and implement your own creative idea. Choose one of the suggested activities below, ranging from world travel -- the "Make A Difference" service trip to Cambodia -- to the simple click of a mouse on the 'iGive/Amazon' button when you shop online.
 
An investment in CFC is an investment in the future that goes well beyond our school campuses. Thank you for putting on your ambassador badge and seeing our mission through. 
 
Best,
 
Natalie
Natalie Bastow
Chief Operating Officer
Upcoming Events
An Evening of Friendship
Thursday February 26th, 7-9pm
Red Sea Gallery
Block 9 Dempsey Road, #01-10 Dempsey Hill, Singapore
 
Join CFC Founder Jamie Amelio at the distinctive Red Sea Gallery to hear about upcoming events and what's happening around the globe and on the ground in Siem Reap. Please RSVP to volunteers@caringforcambodia.org.
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Feeding Minds Fighting Hunger
Celebration and Reception
Saturday, April 25th 10am
Aranh School Campus, Siem Reap, Cambodia
 
Join CFC as we honor Dylan and Denise Palladino's ascent of Mount Kilimanjaro and all those Hunger Fighters who contributed to their goal of raising USD$125,000 to fund CFC's Food for Thought program for one year. A plaque will be dedicated at the Aranh School campus, and all those who so generously donated are welcome to attend the ceremony. For more information, please contact volunteers@caringforcambodia.org.
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SAVE THE DATE ~ Saturday May 2nd
Dragonboat Racing "Paddle with a Purpose"
Kallang River Park, Singapore
 
Join CFC supporters for our third annual dragonboat event. It promises to be another fun, spirited day of friendly competition on the water! More information and registration details coming soon.
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Make A Difference (M.A.D.) Service Trips
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Three trips available for your choice!
June 14-19; July 18-25; and October 22-25
 
Lend a hand and make a difference! Join others from around the world to work as a team dedicated to improving our schools. Have a chance to meet our incredible students and experience the power of CFC's work. For more information or to make a reservation, please contact volunteers@caringforcambodia.org.
CFC Day Photo Contest Results
Thank you to everyone who joined us in celebration and awareness on CFC Day. We were amazed at the outpouring of 'orange' all day long!
 
A special thanks to all who participated in our first Facebook photo contest. The winners of the three categories of our CFC Day Photo Contest are -- Overall: "Mothers and Daughers Making a 'CFC'", submitted by Lori McConaghy (below left); Pets: "Lucky the Dog", submitted by Laura Andrews (below center); and Kids: "Three Kids on the Dock", submitted by Lori Knox (below right). These winners have received a USD$100 donation in their name to the CFC school or program of their choice, and all participants will have their photos framed and displayed at a CFC school.
 
 
Support CFC while you shop on-line
 
News from our CFC Chapters
~ Washington, DC ~
In honor of CFC Day, members of the Washington, DC Chapter sat down with a group of students and teachers from The Bullis School who had returned in January from a service trip at CFC schools (photographed at right in Siem Reap). While students served themselves an 'orange' lunch of pizza and clementines, they shared reflections about the connections they made with CFC students, the challenges of building a patio at the Spien Chreav Amelio School, their impressions of the slower pace of life in Cambodia, and their adjustments coming home after such a fulfilling and eye-opening trip. CFC is grateful to these young people and the relationships that have been fostered through this partnership across continents!
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~ Austin, Texas ~
Supporters in the Austin area gathered for an evening of shopping and socializing at the popular Kendra Scott jewelry store on Wednesday, January 28th. It was an enjoyable event for all who attended and CFC benefited from a portion of the evening's jewelry sales. Thanks to all who came and shopped in support of CFC. It was wonderful to see both new and familiar faces in the crowd!
    
One woman's efforts mobilize an entire community
The inspiration of one person often fuels countless others to act, and in this case, Suellen Carson offers us a perfect example. Suellen is an energetic woman with a kind soul and a desire to help others and encourage her community to do the same. During the month of February, Suellen has kicked off a 'Month of Love' and helped to turn her Lakeway/Austin, Texas neighborhood 'orange'.
 
She mobilized local businesses to offer special times when 100% of proceeds from sales would be donated to CFC (at right) with the goal of raising enough money to fund the installation of a new water filtration system at one of CFC schools in Siem Reap. Separately, through her own family business, Benevolent Care Health Services, Suellen has arranged for the donation of enough first aid supplies (gloves, bandaids and gauze) to supply all twenty-one CFC schools.
 
On Friday, February 20th, Austin friends gathered at The Grove Wine Bar & Kitchen for afternoon tea and a chance to hear from CFC Founder Jamie Amelio and to learn about CFC's progress to date. It was a wonderful opportunity to turn Austin just a little more 'orange'!
 
In addition, Suellen has helped to open the doors to a new school community for CFC at The International School of Texas (IST). At a recent assembly, CFC Founder Jamie Amelio spoke to the children about Cambodia and CFC. Jamie was recognized by the students and Headmistress Graine O'Reilly as the first honorary adult student council member (bottom left). The IST community has turned orange! All IST students recently helped to sort and pack the medical supplies that have been donated by Suellen's company (bottom right).
 
     
 
We applaud Suellen's stamina and spirit, and we welcome the IST and Lakeway communitites to our incredible network of supporters. Thank you all!
The gift of giving

Recent contributions prove that CFC volunteer efforts come in all sizes and from all corners of the world! 
 
Toiletries Collection (Singapore)...
Once again, staff members at The American Club in Singapore amazed us by generously collecting items needed by our schools at their Staff Christmas Luncheon in December 2014. This year, the group collected nearly 1000 pieces of hygiene items, including face towels, combs and bars of soap. Thank you American Club!
 
Sweets for CFC (Singapore)...
Young Eleanor Lever organized an information table and bake sale at a local gymnastics event and at the Holiday Fair at the Tanglin Trust School in Singapore to raise money and awareness for CFC. Each treat was delivered with a bright smile from Eleanor (at right, in orange, with her friend Marly Klein)! Great job Eleanor!
 
Celebrating generosity at young ages (Singapore and
Hong Kong)...
It is truly amazing how many young supporters choose to give to CFC on their birthdays! We applaud their selflessness and appreciate their generosity! Way to go kids!
 
Jenny Chen celebrated her son Jaden's second birthday with family friends (at right) in Singapore and raised SGD300 from guests many of whom were eager to learn more about CFC.
 
 
After Sara Bach (at left) participated in the October 2014 Make A DIfference (MAD) service trip with her mother, Georgina Bach, she was inspired to do more. On her eleventh birthday, she asked friends for donations of shoes and backpacks for CFC students in lieu of birthday presents for herself.
 
 
 
Elise Cernosia (at right) celebrated her birthday in December and collected piles of useful teaching supplies from her generous classmates in Hong Kong.
 
 
Close friends Sueah Choi and Sunwoo Kim (at left) combined their birthday celebrations, doubled their fun and doubled their impact through collecting teaching supplies for CFC staff.
 
Handmade craft sales (Singapore)...
Tahnee Low Baragona, a second grade student at Singapore American School was inspired to help Cambodian students after participating in the school's annual AsiaFest. Tahnee made bracelets and other items with her friends, and sold them during lunch and free periods. All in all, her creativity and generous heart earned SGD100 for CFC! The photograph shows Tahnee (sitting; second from left) with her helpful friends. Well done Tahnee!
Students helping students  

Thank you to all school communities near and far --
you are all making a difference!
 
Timpanogos High School (Orem, Utah)... 
 
 
In 2014, BriAnna Day, a student at Timpanogos High School in Utah, started a club called "Leaders for Achievers" to give students another opportunity for service and leadership. The group soon adopted CFC as one of their causes and initiated fundraisers to support our cause.
 
The group arranged and promoted informal venues for student musicians to perform outside of local businesses for donations from shoppers. They also challenged club members who could not participate to raise money from their own neighborhoods, and they were successful in securing a local, anonymous business to agree to match the total of anything we raised. BriAnna and her peers displayed tremendous initiative adn creativity and successfully raised just over USD$300.
Well done BriAnna and Leaders for Achievers!
 
Presentation School (Sonoma, California)...
In the summer of 2014, student Tessa Freudenberger (at right) visited Siem Reap with her mother where they volunteered at a CFC preschool and built a swing set. She was immediately taken with the country, its culture and its children, and she returned home wanting to do more. Back at school in Sonoma, she focused her eighth-grade service project on CFC and organized a preschool clothing drive in conjunction with our Calendar of Giving campaign. Tessa's efforts yielded fifty pounds of clothing! Her father's company, Solisitics, kindly covered the shipping fees to Singapore.
A heartfelt thank you to the entire Freudenberger family!
 
Tanglin Trust School (Singapore)...
Members of the Tanglin Reception class as organized by Puja Genomal collected substantial quantities of first aid supplies for our schools, and school nurses are now better equipped to care for our students. Thank you!
 
Singapore American School (Singapore)...
Eighth grade students funded the first set of health-related posters that will be posted at CFC schools to remind students and our broader communities about the healthy habits of proper teeth-brushing and hand-washing practices. Examples of these posters are shown below:
 
 
 
The SAS High School Club made a CFC Day promotional video which aired daily for the week prior to January 21st (click here to watch), distributed CFC bracelets and organized a bake sale. Every item for sale was wrapped and included an interesting fact about CFC.
 
Similarly, the SAS Middle School Club (ight) kept themselves busy on CFC Day. They sold orange cupcakes, gave away pencils and bracelets, and rallied the school administration to approve students to wear orange that day.
 
 
 
       
 
 
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