I am not really sure how it has happend, but this week I have a very big birthday
sneaking up. Now, in my mind Im still like 25 - the age I was when I first rocked up to Vietnam and fell head over heels in love with some kids in an orphanage. 15 years later I can tell you that hopping on that plane that first time is up there with the one of the very best decisions I have ever or will ever make in my life.
Right now, I have more than 15 kids having to leave the orphanage in October. Their time is up, and they are on their own. I have kids going on to further education, to student accommodation, going on to work and/or to boarding houses - with little or no support. I have kids heading out into the real world after 18 years of living in an orphanage - the only home most of them have ever known.
I get it, 2020 has been insane. But all I am asking is - if you saw me in a bar and would buy me a drink for the big 40 ( eeeeeeeeeeeeeeep) would you consider instead "buying me a drink" by donating that money to the kids that changed my life. This is better than any gift, any happy birthday wish to me :)
Help me to enable them to continue this journey even though the state of the world means I cant be by their sides. Their community has been hit hard by ramifications of coronavirus, particularly tourism and more recently some horrific storms and flooding which smashed the area they live and surrounding areas.
Each year I fund more and more kids as they leave the orphanage - and this year, I really need your help.
Thanks for reading this far . . . and thank you with all my heart for your support.
PS I love a glass of Tassie pinot gris . . . or a beer - I'd settle for a beer.
- Katie Prestidge
- Louise Bishop
- Rohan Alwyn
- Evelien Masselink