Bridge to landmine survivors


MANNINGHAM high school students are prepared to be shocked this weekend when they head to Cambodia to meet children whose lives and bodies have been ripped apart by landmines.


(26.09.2005)

The group of nine Templestowe College students will spend their term
break building relationships with young landmine survivors at the
LaValla School for Handicapped Children in Kandal Province.

Year 10 student Michelle Pearson said the trip was an opportunity to
"get out of our comfort zone" and help improve the lives of children
less fortunate than the average Australian.

"We've been told a lot about their circumstances, but none of us has
ever been confronted with a child who has had their arm blown off,"
Michelle said.

"These kids have been taken from their families, they have very little
and I just hope we can make a difference."

College chaplain Julie Ramsay, who will accompany the group on its
10-day tour, said students would go armed with a $2000 donation from
Manningham Rotary.

They would also take picture books, toys and equipment for the Cambodian
Paralympic team.

"Together with the children, we will construct a mosaic wall at the
rehabilitation centre," Ms Ramsay said.

"We hope to build a long-term relationship between our schools to the
benefit of everyone."

The students leave for Cambodia this Saturday, September 24, and return
on Tuesday, October 4.

They will document their experiences with an online "travelpod".

Von: 21 September 2005 (Manningham Leader)

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