Dear Dr John and friends from ACTS, I would like to share about a recent activity in Teuk Thla Don Bosco School with you, which I hope will be an encouragement for the work you are doing with ACTS.
Last December, a couple of high school students approached my fellow volunteer, Clare, to suggest organising a charity concert, to raise funds for the poor; not for the poor students in Don Bosco but for the poor in Cambodian society. We were pleasantly surprised by this suggestion and the Sisters agreed to support it. The money from the concert would go to a local public school in Tuolvihear village in Kampong Cham province, about 2 hours away from Phnom Penh.
After 5 months of planning, the inaugural Don Bosco Charity Concert took place on 28 May. There was much excitement among the students and staff. This was the first time we were having an event like this and all 800 tickets that were put on sale had been sold out. Held in the high school hall, a variety of items were on show, including songs, dances, a magic show and even a taichi demonstration. Most of the performances were put up by our students together with some items by our past pupils and other external groups.
During the event, groups from both the food technology vocation school and the high school sold food and drinks, adding to the carnival-‐like atmosphere. While it was hard work pulling the whole event together, I believe our students and guests, many of whom were the families and friends of our students, enjoyed themselves in the process.
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