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The Anchor | Term 4 | Week 5 | 9 November 2018: From the Chaplain
From the Chaplain

Rod Marsh Resized

Remember that our Lord Jesus said, “More blessings come from giving than from receiving.”

Paul in Acts 20:35 

Unfortunately, it was necessary to cancel the proposed 2018 Year Twelve Leavers’ tour of Cambodia. At the time, Great Southern Grammar held about $7,000 funds raised by students, past and present, to support children at the Light of Hope Family Village in Cambodia. The school forwarded the funds to Sherree Hughes who has, over five years, led our students on the Cambodia Tour.

Sherree wrote, "The funds were received into the Light of Hope bank account with thanks and we have used the money in the following way.  Each of these things was a high priority and we would not have been able to provide if it were [it] not for the generous donation from these students and the hard work that they put into fundraising for Light of Hope and families and children in the surrounding villages.

September each year is the preparation for the new school year and some of the funds were used for school uniforms for all the orphan children for the new school year. Students wear black trousers/long skirt and a white shirt.  [These were] purchased for all students from K-12 — 69 students in total.  School supplies were also purchased for all orphan students and other village children who have been identified as being vulnerable and needing extra support in their families in order to continue schooling. School supplies exist of basic stationary, books and paperback textbooks for each subject.  A continuous ink colour Epson printer was purchased for the school and the administration office. There were only two black printers in the centre prior to his, for a school of 600 students. The resources within in the school are very limited and so some class sets of sporting equipment were purchased; soccer balls, volleyballs and nets, and badminton nets and racquets. The final major investment with the funds from GSG [was] a contribution towards the cost of a school tuk tuk for Light of Hope School.  This moto drawn tuk tuk acts as a school bus for the children in outlying villages. There are many students wanting to come to Light of Hope school, but the lack of transportation limits their ability to do so.

[Please] pass on your sincere thanks to all the students, families and teachers involved in the raising of these funds. It was sad not to be able to take the students this year as I have always enjoyed taking the GSG group each year. They have always been a special bunch and really ‘got’ why they were there. I pray for all the best for each of them as they finish their exams and enter into the big world." Sherree.

And a big thank you to Sherree for giving so generously to support the Leavers’ Tour of Cambodia.

The photos below are a glimpse of how the children of Light of Hope benefited from the funds from GSG. 


School sets of sports equipment Resized School supplies for needy village children Resized School Tuk Tuk Resized Light of Hope kids ResizedSchool Uniforms for all orphans Resized Rice for the houses Resized

Rev Rodney Marsh | Chaplain
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