BRILLIANT LIFE-CHANGING EXPERIENCE
16-25 October, 2017
Just thought I would let you know that the 2017 Cambo Trip will be our special 5th Anniversary trip. It will be 9 days and will include 2 nights in Siem Reap visiting Ankhor Wat temples, an anniversary soccer game with the BBFC V the Eagles at the stadium and all the usual value adding stuff serving the Transform Cambodia kids, running soccer clinics, the Cambodia Cup soccer tournament against 3 cambo teams, great team dinners at some new very cool spots, and some site seeing along the way. Kids, families and friends welcome so let me know if you’re interested or would like to book your spot. Cost is approx. $1950 / person, which includes airfares, all accommodation, all transport, team shirt and breakfast. Limited numbers.
We have now run 5 trips to Cambodia, from 2012 to 2016. It is unique experience because we combine football and sport alongside serving the poor and their communities. Our focuses are on teamwork, serving, relationships, football and generosity. Money raised goes toward providing resources for the 28 centres, materials for maintenance and painting, sporting giveaways and other services to the poor.
We partner with a local NGO called Transform Cambodia, which does fantastic work with kids in very poor areas providing food, tutoring, teaching English and hygiene, and support to the families and wider community. (Kids only go to school half a day in Cambodia but 6 days a week, and the other half of the day they spend in the centres) This gets them off the street, empowers them by teaching English, hygiene and other basic life skills, and feeds them one ‘all you can eat” meal, for some the only meal they will get that day. It also empowers locals, as all the staff (teachers, managers, cooks and cleaners) are local Khmer people in training.
Last year we ran 4 football clinics with over 200 kids ranging from 5 years old to 15 years old, all from the poorest areas of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. We served the kids by running “English Conversation Classes”, and serving them on their monthly rice day (where families receive a monthly supply of rice), giving away shirts, balls, medical supplies and other bits and pieces, and of course taking the kids to local sports centres for a couple of hours of fun and football.
We shared meals with the locals in the centres, prepared by the cooks in the centres and the food is brilliant. We formed many great and lasting relationships with the locals, who despite having very little, are extremely happy, hospitable and friendly … particularly the kids who smile and laugh and can’t get enough hugs from their new Aussie friends.
We also get to participate in the annual Cambodia Cup Tournament with our partner soccer team, “The Eagles” and 2 other local Cambodian teams. All in all, a brilliant experience and a great team effort across the week. Proud to be associated with BBFC and Transform Cambodia as we continue to serve our way into the hearts of the Cambodian people. Ask any of the 80 people who have been on the trip over the last 5 years and they will tell you it was a life-changing experience that they will always remember.