So how did fundraising for a school in Cambodia come about for Laura, Justin and the girls?
It was a warm day in April 2018. Laura and Justin were sitting on friend and neighbour Alisoun Mackenzie’s deck enjoying a G&T in the sunshine. Alisoun, a Business Coach and Author has done much humanitarian work with young genocide survivors in Rwanda. It’s a topic of conversation that arises at neighbourly get-togethers, as Laura too has spent a lot of time in Africa. Alison mentioned she was about to head up a new project to fundraise to build a school in Cambodia. Alisoun had just met met Duncan, founder of an Australian charity, Classroom of Hope.
Both Laura and Justin were instantly taken with the idea of being involved in helping to build a school in a remote area of Cambodia. It was an instant ‘can we join you’. And so the journey began and the idea behind a charity candle was born.
Laura had been looking for a project in the developing world to get her young daughter’s Olivia and Lilly involved in, as part of her educating them to be strong independent women. Laura travelled extensively around Africa in her late teens and early twenties. These experiences put a lot of life in perspective. Growing up in a western country with all the privileges of education, healthcare, freedom of speech and equal opportunities, it was an eye opener to see the harsh reality of much of the world. What also struck Laura most was the kindness of people and communities who literally had nothing. No money, little food and lived in basic huts without fresh running water, bathrooms, toilets nor kitchen facilities. Laura wanted her daughters to learn about how other people live and learn about different countries of the world as part of her educating them in a way that traditional school education can’t.
About the charity, Classroom of Hope
Aussie based charity, Classroom of Hope, set up by Husband and Wife duo, Duncan and Nicola Ward, is a non-profit organisation that builds and creates child-friendly schools and funds scholarships. The charity works from a 100% Donation Model. CoH believes that all children have a right to education and it’s their aim to provide this.
About the Charity Candle
Laura, Justin, Olivia and Lilly have a fundraising target of £3,500. They are part of group of business entrepreneurs and leaders, led by Alisoun Mackenzie raising a total of £45,000 to build a school in a remote area of Cambodia. Half of this target must be raised by June 2019 to allow building to start. Local Cambodia tradesmen are used to build the school and all materials used for the build are sourced locally. This allows all funds to be ploughed into the local community as close to the school as possible. Classroom of Hope will locate the area in need of a school and instruct the build.
“Creating an all natural candle whereby all profits go to the fundraising target was lots of fun” says Laura.
Coconut, Lemon and Lime ties beautifully with Cambodian food and climate. When burning this candle, the scent will transport you to a time where you were in an exotic and tropical place. Sweet notes of coconut and hints of lemon and lime made this candle truly unique and very uplifting.
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