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Cambodia trip a win-win

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Trade school students from Adelaide’s northern suburbs will have an opportunity to use their skills to provide vital assistance to communities in Cambodia next month.

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More than a dozen students and teachers from St Patrick’s Technical College will spend their school holidays in Siem Reap where they will lay hundreds of metres of pipeline to bring fresh water to a local village market.

The work will give them a chance to utilise their trade skills and pass them on to the local youth to ensure the pipes can be maintained.

The students will also visit a remote school to donate goods such as book packs, uniforms and bicycles.

Paralowie student Bronson Morgan, who attends StPatsTech on a Central Districts Football Club scholarship, organised a donation from CDFC of footballs for the local children. Bronson, who plays in the under 16 side for CDFC, said he was looking forward to showing the local youth how to play footy during his visit.

Thanks to Commercial Road Dental and Port Adelaide and Munno Para Dental Clinic, StPatsTech students will donate tooth brushes to Cambodian children and run dental hygiene classes to show them how to properly take care of their teeth and gums. This is particularly important as access to dental care is difficult for many local families in Siem Reap.

The Rotary Club of Elizabeth has also generously contributed to the trip by helping pay for pipe, school uniforms and book packs as well as financially assisting students who would not have been able to make the trip due to financial constraints.

StPatsTech College coordinator Marc Forster said the school was proud of the students who were giving up their school holidays to help others who are less fortunate.

“This is a true reflection of the empathy and generosity of character we try to instil in our students at StPatsTech,’’ Mr Forster said.

“The students are all looking forward to the experience and for many it will be their first trip out of Australia.

“Many of the students have worked part-time jobs to save money for the trip and have spoken on their keenness to put some of their trade skills to real, practical work.’’

The College has set up a GoFundMe page. If you would like to donate you can access the page via the StPatsTech Facebook page.

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