January 2013, my daughter Amy Donovan, who is currently in her 2nd
year of medicine at University, travelled to Cambodia to participate in a voluntary
rural outreach medical placement. Amy was helping
people in rural
and remote communities who had no means of accessing basic healthcare.
Cambodia, her eyes were opened to the plight of many of their people,
in particular a 13 year old girl named Doung Sa Ngoeum. Although 13
years old, her developmental growth and size is similar to that of a 5
year old, due to her heart condition, (see picture). Without a life
saving operation, which here in Australia is done on a regular basis,
it is not anticipated that she will be able to live a "full life". Her family
cannot raise the funds for the operation and hence her future is not
looking at all good.
decided to raise the necessary funds for Doung Sa Ngoeum and hope to
establish a trust fund to provide future support for other Cambodian
children and Australian children if needed. It is our goal to raise
enough money through sponsorship to arrange for her and a
parent/guardian to be taken from their village to the City Hospital,
the operation to be performed and the required
Kate and John Donovan (Amy's younger sister & dad), will run as a
Duo team, hence the name "Dono Duo", in the
Great Wheelbarrow Race 2013.
The Great Wheelbarrow Race is a not-for-profit event, requiring
competitors to run in a team for 140km spanning three days from
Mareeba to Chillagoe. They will push a wheelbarrow, just as the
original pioneers carried their work gear and life belongings to the
Gold Fields, along the "Wheelbarrow Way". All sponsorship funds raised
pre-race are donated to a charity of choice. The money we raise by
participating in this event will all go towards Doung Sa Ngoeum.
We will deal directly with the Medical staff and Hospital in Cambodia,
so that 100% of funds are used for the purpose that was intended.
wish to make a direct deposit into our “Charity Account”, here are the
BSB No ……..014
Account No …..
The Great Wheelbarrow Race event will be held from the
17th - 19th May 2013, beginning in
Mareeba. If you decide to become a sponsor, ANY amount
would be greatly appreciated. Amounts donated over $200 result in your
Logo and a link to your Logo being presented on this page and
Rainforest Retreat web site.
In anticipation, thank you for your support. Please see below for our
valued $200 Sponsors & others.