The Utopian S2 2016

Relay for Life

15th October 2016

T ommy participated in the UWA Relay for Life on the 15th and 16th of October. We had a massive team of almost 30 people and raised over our goal of $2000. The event is held to raise money and awareness

Tom and Bec in Cambodia for those living with cancer, and sees teams competing in a relay for 24 hours straight. Everyone involved had an amazing time, though we were definitiely more than happy to see our beds on Sunday afternoon! A lthoughmost peopledon’t havemuchmoney, on several occasions I witnessed generosity that was handed out without thought. Our tuk tuk driver pulled up in front of a stall selling bbq’d rat and snake. He bought a snake to eat later and by the look of the ladies face had obviously paid her a lot more than was expected. He obviously doesn’t make much money himself but could see that this lady and her three children needed every cent they could get. T he people in Cambodiamademe feel humbled every day but the thing that will stick with me forever is the recent history and the fact that it happened in my life time. I was brought to tears on several occasions at S21, but the audio and visual sights at the killing fields was almost unbearable. T he last sentence of the audio tour is: “ You may think how can this happen? It happened in Germany and also in Russia. We never thought it would happen in Cambodia. We can only pray that it never happens again, but it will! And it could be your country!” B ec Wood

30th November 2016

F rom the moment we arrived it was clear that the people of Cambodia have a deep affinity with the country and the people. We were told numerously that almost every person was affected in some way by the war, and you can see this in the way they look after each other. Our first morning in Phnom Penh I opened the curtain to watch the people on their way to work. A man who had difficulties walking (as his leg was deformed) was struggling down the road. Two men rode past him on bikes when one double backed, got off his bike, put the disabled man on the bike and proceeded to push him to where he needed to go. T he traffic in Phnom Penh is crazy but somehow seems to work. They could teachus a thingor twoabout tolerance! The traffic is less out in the country but no less hectic. Again, there is no anger and people seem to know to be patient. T he staff at the prefecture are all amazing. You can tell that they are all emotionally involved in their different programs. The holistic view of not only helping those that are injured or disabled but also educating their families so that one day they can maybe work in the programs ensures the whole family have a future.

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