Posted by Greg Penno on Mar 17, 2023

The Rotary Club of Bendigo South has been supporting Projects in Cambodia and assisting the Rotary Club of Phnom Penh for many years.   Our latest Project was to raise sufficient funds to assist the Club with the purchase of bicycles for poor families and libraries for school communities. 

This was a very simple Project to undertake.  The club’s International Committee held a Wine and Cheese afternoon in the garden of one of our members.   David Lawson, owner of a Bridgewater Based Winery, Black Wallaby Wines, presented, and we sampled his range of wines.  This event generated $AUD2,000, and the club was able make a total contribution of $AUD3004 to obtain an International Grant of $AUD1000 from the District 9800 Foundation Committee. 

From our work in Cambodia, we knew that the one of the main barriers to children's education, particularly in rural communities, is the distance to walk to school. We were also aware from our involvements in other Projects with the members of the RC of Phnom Penh, that there was a pressing need to obtain bicycles to assist students to get to school; as well as school libraries. 

Our $AUD4004 has gone a long way in Cambodia. The Club purchased 26 bicycles and helmets for distribution to needy families along with 13 library sets distributed to both Primary and Secondary Schools around Siem Reap and Phnom Penh. 

We have a RAWCS Project - Developing Schools Organisation, Project No.7 of 2013/2014 to help raise funds to support our endeavours for disadvantaged schools within the areas of Phnom Penh, Kandal, Kampong Speu, Kampong Cham, Kampong Thom, Siem Reap and Pursat. 

Tax Deductible Donations can be made to support school-based Projects in these areas at    All donations are gratefully received.