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There is a time to mend. - Ecclesiastes 3:7
As we end another year of working together to restore hope and dignity to children and families and educate the youth in Cambodia and show
compassion to the homeless in Western Australia I want to express my sincere appreciation to an amazing board who have answered the call and
given of your time and gifts to make all of this possible. Thank you all so much, it makes my job an absolute pleasure.
Thankyou to Greg who keeps a sharp eye on the financials for Stitches of Hope and keeps us well informed, and has a certified auditor to check all our transactions. Thankyou to Alex for her diligence as minutes secretary and Wendy for the perfection in completing the official paperwork, Charity
registration and funding reports.
Thankyou Lyn for joining us, we look forward to having your contribution in the meetings and introducing you to our beautiful Cambodian people.
Our past year has proven we can take on amazing challenges and enjoy the rewards for our Cambodian projects, both financially and to promote the
name of Stitches of Hope to the wider community.
Our Century of Brides High Tea held in May was an outstanding success, and a big thankyou to everyone for the important part each person played. We were supported by so many ladies who were willing to loan their much loved wedding gowns for our event. Essence of Australia with their modern Bridal gowns and auction items and promotional assistance, Bourne Events with the beautiful models. Our own four beautiful models, and the ladies in the dressing room. The Floreat Surf Life Saving Club a perfect venue, thanks to Jillian and Andrea Folkard. Donations of time, food, music, flowers, extra hands and equipment, and the kitchen support team along with Kingdom Cupcakes Deb Hartig. The amazing powerpoint presentation to compliment the parade and all the planning came together admirably thanks to Wendy Pederick who willingly accepted the role of event coordinator and won the hearts of everyone who attended.
Our sleeping bag program continues on the road to success as our goal to create employment for the Cambodian women and a warm place to sleep for our homeless people is proving to touch hearts and generate ongoing interest around our state. A big thankyou to several Rotary Clubs and Inner Wheel Clubs who have supported the program both financially and have become involved in the distribution of the sleeping bags to the people in need. A comprehensive list of where the bags have been distributed is available to anyone interested.
We have managed to distribute three Newsletters over the past twelve months which informs our sponsors and supporters of the progress being made with the funds they provide. We have had two news items published in local papers and the Rotary Down Under magazine.
The annual Woolorama at Wagin is an exciting time where everyone pulls together for four days to raise an amazing boost to our bank account. Thank you to everyone for this commitment and open hospitality over this fun weekend together.
Our Shed Party in November 2018 where we cook the sheep on a spit and provide delicious food was also a successful event and enjoyed by all who attended. The music and entertainment took on a new look this year with Marty and Rose Owens and received excellent reports.
Kay and I have attended numerous Rotary and group meetings over the past twelve months, including the Rotary Conference, which has proved very successful in regards to interest and financial support.
Our small team trip in January was very successful with new activities being established with the children of all ages. Andrea and Jillian were able to teach cooking skills, first aid, many and varied games using play dough, pop corn, bean bags, reading and the popular parachute.
On the Cambodian front we continue to have our challenges however exciting progress is always being reported. Only one student has been sick with appendicitis but healed rapidly. The students seem to be achieving good results at school and regularly attend Church and are being taught the
scriptures and willingly pray for the daily needs of all around them. We were thrilled to be able to provide eight new computors and the
necessary electrical work to enable our Chrey Vien students to learn IT skills. They were so happy. English teacher Dr John Nash volunteered his time to strengthen conversational English in both locations.
Our young mum Mony continues to receive treatment for her condition and knows we love her and support her and her children.
Our board member Sokhoeun Cole made a decision to resign from the Board for personal reasons and we wish her well.
We know this work belongs to our God and He uses our hands and feet to further His wonderous plans for the people we love and care for. May we
continue to do His will and hear His voice. Thank you to everyone at the close of another year,