Panda Paddlers Lend a Paw to CCF

Dec. 11, 2014 – The Panda Paddlers, a Hong Kong dragon boat racing team committed to philanthropy, visited Cambodian Children’s Fund to see first-hand how their fundraising efforts will help the cause. The group have been long-time supporters of CCF. Now, they hope to raise more than $1 million HKD ($130,000 USD) to fund the operation of CCF’s free medical clinic and the sports and arts program for the students.

“It was hard to know what to expect but [visiting CCF has] been quite amazing,” said Mark Denny, as he served up meals to hungry kids at the evening food program.

The fundraising goal is ambitious, but the Panda Paddlers – who come from all over the world and work in all types of industries – are committed to helping out. Back in Hong Kong, they fundraise through a variety of ways such as quiz nights or a 24 hour pedal kart race.

The team was in Cambodia last week to run in the Angkor Wat International Half Marathon while raising funds for CCF. Fifteen of the members arrived in Cambodia early to see CCF up close. Upon arrival, they were toured through the facilities by our older students, helped out in class, served dinner to the community and tried to keep up with the kids in our playgrounds.

“The ambition of what CCF is trying to do with the kids impressed me,” said Patrick Turner, who was visiting CCF with his wife, Claire. “It’s not just an education, but it’s leadership and building leaders that can come back to their community and make a difference. That’s a bold long-term vision.”

Want to help the Panda Paddlers reach their goal? Donate through their fundraising page. (need to link to new funding page)

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