Cambodian AFLW players fund
Five of our best AFLW players have recently had to leave the charity organisation that had been their home for the last 10 years. Established in 2007, the charity, ANDC, provided food, shelter and education to hundreds of kids who had been scavenging on the garbage dumps to help their families. Unfortunately, they have had to close their doors, so our players are now on their own. One of them is due to complete her Grade 12 studies at the end of August, and the other four are hoping to complete Grade 12 next year. There are many expenses to be met, including food, rent, transport and school fees. We have pledged to support them so that they can finish school together and also find part time work, which will also allow them to continue playing AFL, a sport they have developed a passion for since joining the Cambodian Apsaras in 2016 when the team was established. We're sure there will be plenty of support for these girls, and anyone who has met them will know what great people (and footy players) they are! For more details, please contact the Cambodian Eagles or Apsaras via their Facebook pages.+ Read More
Hi, we have officially reached our AUD 12k goal, thank you to everyone who has donated to or shared the campaign! We are all overwhelmed by the support from the AFL community both in Cambodia and abroad. Despite an untimely slide in the Aussie dollar, there will be sufficient funds to support the girls while they complete their education. We will continue to accept donations for a few more days in case anyone else intends to donate. Any excess funds will be used to support our growing list of Khmer players with football boots, passports and allowances so that they can participate in international AFL matches and tournaments. Finally, we'd like to acknowledge the generous contributions from the family and friends of Cambodian Eagles player Nick Dixon, who tragically passed away during this campaign. Our hearts go out to you all, may he rest in peace.
Exciting times for 3 of the girls who have just started their first ever jobs! They will work until they start Grade 12 in November. They have also started taking extra classes in the mornings, before going to work at Mirror restaurant until the evening. The future is bright!
Thanks to everyone who has donated so far, we're 33% of the way to our goal! The girls are very thankful, and we've used funds to pay for household items, rent and food so far. In a couple of weeks, they will start taking extra classes in preparation for their all-important Grade 12 studies and national exam. Check out this video featuring all 5 girls!