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Sophia Saly Walkathon 2012

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Hi all,

Thank you for all your support so far!

To Register for the walkathon click here.

To view walkers leading the sponsorship tally click here.

We would like to thank our Walkathon Major Sponsors 2012. Incredible partners investing in the local community to drive change.

Carlton Football Club

Carlton Football Club

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UBank

Nis-Cy Industries

Nis-Cy Industries

SerendipiTea

SerendipiTea

To download official poster click image below:

Sophia-Saly-Walkathon-2012-Details-and-Sponsors


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Rest in Peace – Sophia Saly

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A proper tribute page will be made for our beloved Sophia shortly…

To register for BabyTree Projects’ Sophia Saly Walkathon Click HERE

To view the current walkers leader board in sponsorships Click HERE

Beloved sister, daughter, partner and dear friend of many in the BabyTree Projects family, Sophia Saly, sadly lost her battle with cancer yesterday. Her family were with her when she slipped away in the early morning. Our thoughts and love go to the Saly family, her fiancée Silv and particularly her brother Koky Saly, BTP’s president, who has been by her side for much of the last few months.

Sophia has been an integral part of BabyTree Projects from its very beginning, and frankly it’s hard imagining it without her. In 2006 she joined two of her brothers, Koky and Toly, and other brave volunteers to build BabyTree Projects’ first school in Sophy Village. Building a school in the wet season is not an easy task. The stories we heard of the daily downpours, the ever present mud, fighting over the last potato, harrowing truck journeys and other such hardships were told in such a way to inspire us to volunteer for the next project (in the dry season).

In the months and years that followed she was instrumental in founding the charity in Victoria and shaping its values and approach. Sophia did not involve herself in the administration or management of the organisation, but threw herself into organising countless fundraising events (when we could pull her away from her duties at Carlton Football Club) and used her incredible ability to get the job done and done well. Seemingly effortlessly she drew many supporters and volunteers to BabyTree Projects. With her contagious laughter, energy, commitment and (for those unfamiliar with it) sometimes confronting sense of humour she helped build a charity that was honest,  dynamic and one that found humour in the most surprising places.

Sophia had also planned to travel to Cambodia again for the Sambour Project earlier this year, but this was thwarted by her illness. Also her absence at BTP events, particularly over the last year, made them poorer for it.

Vale and farewell Sophia Saly, in our thoughts and forever in our hearts. We love you.

Sophia Saly our beloved superstar!


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Important notice…

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Due to an illness in the BabyTree family, we have had to postpone the trivia night for July and any further fundraising activities. Our projects in Cambodia will continue uninterrupted. Thank you to all for your amazing support, we’ll keep you posted.


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Big storm hits our projects…(Disaster report)

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Earlier this month we received the sad news that an uncharacteristically powerful storm had hit two of BabyTree Projects communities. At first we thought that the damage could have serious set-backs for all our hard work over many years. We are relieved and glad to say that the damage, although extensive, is not beyond our resources to remedy and help. Our dedicated staff, Saren, went into our projects when safe to do so and was able to report quickly.

We have already approved actions to remedy some of the damage and sought assistance from fellow NGO’s where extra help is needed. For the full report please click this link Disaster Report .


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Fundraising event tomorrow…

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Our awesome event is tomorrow. We will be busy doing stuff to get ready. But first we have to figure out how to get water out of the well. For event details read here:
If you arrive anywhere between 7.15pm-830pm we will have two ridiculously goodlooking volunteers awaiting you and will buzz you up personally (what service). Southbank, Melbourne. Exact details will be given to those that tell us they are coming.
The traditional Khmer food on the night will be:
Organic Khmer Curry (YUMMY)
Spring rolls
Curry Puffs
Rice and Bread (to accompany curry)
Rice noodle salad with mint leaves (refreshing)
A special BabyTree Khmer Dessert
Cupcakes (by Sally Suy!)
Also:
Soft drinks, Beer, Wine
All that for $30...seriously you spend more and get much less these days.
Special cocktails will be available at $2 a glass.
Other activities:
-Wine tasting (get your taste buds ready)
-Our presentaion 930pm (photos and video to show you that the school has been built)
-Lolly Jar guessing game
-Silent auction
-Raffle
-Hoodies & Tshirts and other merchandise for sale
-Feel free to donate extra ($30 buys four desks and chairs!)
If you would like to pay before hand please transfer money to:
Westpac
BabyTreeProjects Inc.
BSB: 033077
Account Number: 240337
Otherwise you can pay on the night. Your names are at the door.
If you are bring a plus one please let us know for catering purposes.
Dress to impress...no ties needed...imagine a first date...
Any problems finding the place please call Koky on 0426 270 634


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Volunteer Life in Pictures #25

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Volunteer Life in Pictures #25: What the hell are these people doing, you ask? That little four wall thing they are brick-laying is going to be the tiniest school ever, you say? Well, it's actually a flowerbed! We did five of these, and for most of the volunteers it was their first time mixing cement and brick-laying. Good practice for the real deal, when they started building the walls of the actual school. See, we know what we are doing.


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Next Fundraiser in Melbourne

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Hi All!

BabyTree’s fundraiser is this Saturday! This is what will happen. If it excites you text/comment for our secret address 🙂

The traditional Khmer food on the night will be:
Organic Khmer Curry (YUMMY)
Spring rolls
Curry Puffs
Rice and Bread (to accompany curry)
Rice noodle salad with mint leaves (refreshing)
A special BabyTree Khmer Dessert
Cupcakes (by Sally Suy!)
Also:
Soft drinks, Beer, Wine

All that for $30…seriously you spend more and get much less these days.

Special cocktails will be available at $2 a glass.

Other activities:
-Wine tasting (get your taste buds ready)
-Our presentaion 930pm (photos and video to show you that the school has been built)
-Lolly Jar guessing game
-Silent auction
-Raffle
-Hoodies & Tshirts and other merchandise for sale
-Feel free to donate extra ($30 buys four desks and chairs!)

If you would like to pay before hand please transfer money to:

Westpac
BabyTreeProjects Inc.
BSB: 033077
Account Number: 240337

Otherwise you can pay on the night. Your names are at the door.
If you are bring a plus one please let us know for catering purposes.

Dress to impress…no ties needed…imagine a first date…

Any problems finding the place please call Koky on 0426 270 634

It’ll be fun……


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Volunteer Life in Pictures #24

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Volunteer Life in Pictures #24: Sometimes our volunteers get written about for their amazing work with us. Read about Claire (our treasurer) talking about BabyTree Projects in this magazine. As always, when Claire talks, it's riveting stuff.


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What I used to change the world…

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There is a reason why hope is an integral part of our vision. This video may help explain why…

‘THE IMPORTANCE OF HOPE’

 

 


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Volunteer Life in Pictures #23

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Volunteer Life in Pictures #23: The kids are standing in the middle of the main road of their village. It's 7am in the morning. They have 'showered', combed their hair and their uniform is crisp and clean. In their hands they hold a poster that they have created. A letter on each. When they stand together the letters spell out HOPE. Once I tried to explain to a past volunteer the importance of hope, and what it meant for me and the children. That it is more than just a feeling. I failed him because he left. It was hope that my mum used to survive 3years in a prison camp. Hope that there will be people somewhere who cared enough to help her. Hope that their was good in the very people that imprisoned her. Hope that things will change. These kids are filled with the same kind of hope and it helps them survive. There is nothing wrong with that.