Walk for Cambodia
Ascham has a long history of involving our students in charitable and humanitarian projects. Our Walk for Cambodia raised much-needed funds to update our schools in eastern Cambodia.
From the very early years of school, our girls are active in fundraising and participating in charitable work, and are taught about the impact their positive actions can have on the world and those around them. Indeed from Year 9 onwards, participation in weekly community service is compulsory for all students.
In 2005 Ascham built one primary school and one secondary school in the Mondulkiri province of Cambodia. The schools opened with less than 30 students and now enjoy enrolments of almost 500. The growth and development of the students and their English language studies have been tremendous over the last decade, and several students have now completed their studies and gone on to further education including teaching, law and medicine.
Ascham students have worked tirelessly to assist in the growth of the two schools since 2005 with various fundraising events. Regular trips are undertaken by students and accompanying teachers to Cambodia to work with the staff and students of Ascham Schools #262 and #281.
Friday 29 July 2016 was a beautiful, sunny winter’s day in Sydney—perfect for our fundraising walkathon, Walk for Cambodia. Each Ascham girl was sponsored by family and friends to walk various distances according to their age group. All the funds raised will help us construct new buildings to accommodate the growing number of students in our Cambodian schools, and to update the teachers’ dormitory—many teachers travel from the city and live at the schools in regional Mondulkiri during term time.
Our young Hillingdon girls (Prep–Year 2) walked 1km around the school grounds, enjoying a treasure hunt and exploring all parts of the school while the older girls were walking off campus. Fiona students (Years 3–6) headed off down to Rushcutters Bay Park and walked a 4km track along the water, enjoying the beautiful view of Sydney Harbour. Our Senior girls hiked up hill to Centennial Park and back to school, walking a solid 8km circuit.
A total of approximately $25,000 was raised in our 2016 Walk for Cambodia. All the girls had a wonderful day, knowing that the effort they put in and the funds they raised are going to make a significant impact on the education and wellbeing of many Cambodian children.