Raija and Bruce Nugent with children Maija and Ryan.
Raija and Bruce Nugent with children Maija and Ryan.

Climb to tackle a mountain of pain

FARM walks and picnics in Warwick seem a far cry from parts of poverty-stricken Cambodia, but it will be the money raised that will help support its people.

This Saturday, Southern Downs resident Lesley Telford will host her Climb for Cambodia day, a fundraiser which will go straight towards helping those most in need.

Mrs Telford said two people in particular - Raija and Bruce Nugent - were helping improve the lives for Cambodians by supplying money for tertiary education.

"They've worked in the poorest area of Thailand for nine years as missionaries," she said.

"Today their work focuses on the five countries of Thailand, Vietnam, Burma, Cambodia and Laos."

With annual university fees amounting to just $350 in Cambodia, Mrs Telford said much could be done to improve the lives of many.

"They're trying to get the women to produce some kind of income so their children don't have to be sent off to prostitution," she said.

"Bruce and Raija are self-funded and I want to raise money for them.

"They've just opened their hearts."

The Climb for Cambodia will begin at 10am on Saturday and will cost $5 per person or $20 for a family.

Held at Lesley and Syd Telford's property, visitors are asked to bring a picnic lunch and chairs. More at 4666 6159.



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