Building connections between children in Australia and Cambodia

Mini-mos raises funds for SeeBeyondBorders, but its not just about money.

For the second year, SeeBeyondBorders joined Mosman Public School as one of two local charities for their annual fundraising event, Mini-Mos Community Fun Run and Fair held in June. But this relationship between SeeBeyondBorders and Mini-Mos is not just about fundraising, its about building educational links between Australia and Cambodia.

The Mini-Mos is the longest running community fun run in Australia. With over 3,000 runners, it is the major fundraising activity for Mosman Public School, and also supports Raise Foundation and SeeBeyondBorders.

This is an important annual fundraiser for SeeBeyondBorders, and we really appreciate the support from staff, students and parents at Mosman Public School. The $17,156.11 raised this year will go straight to help young children in Cambodian primary schools.

Petra Kremer receives the cheque from Mosman Primary School

But as well as the fundraising, every year we work with the school to provide some educational elements. Last year all the Mosman Public School students made maths-bags for the kids in Cambodia. This year, they coloured books to be used in a new Literacy Program to be launched in Cambodia later this year. (The photo above shows some of the coloured books already being used by children in Cambodia.)

Petra Kremer, a SeeBeyondBorders volunteer (and also a mum of two kids at Mosman Public School), spoke about the work of SeeBeyondBorders at a school assembly. She showed a video about Reasmey, a young boy at a small rural school in northern Cambodia. In the video (A Day in the Life of a Cambodian Student), Reasmey and a teacher talked about the school, and showed their library to show the urgent need for literacy books.

This was a great opportunity for Mosman children to learn more of the life and experiences of children going to school in another part of the world, and it was great to see the Mosman students take such a keen interest in Reasmey’s life at school.

Next year will be our third year in this partnership. We are looking forward to it already.

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