THE UK branch of a project that raises funds to build latrines and wells in Cambodia has two new trustees leading fundraising and awareness efforts for the charity in the UK.
Scott Brown and Colin Fleming, who run Braeside B&B in Drymen, became involved with the Cambodian Child’s Dream Organisation UK (CCDO UK) after a recent holiday in the far east.
“During a stay in Cambodia we went on an ox cart trip through some areas of extreme poverty,” says Scott who has also taken on the role of CCDO UK director.
“We spotted a well with a board mentioning the organisation and Googled it to find out more when we got back to our hotel.”
That was back in December (2015) and when the guys came home they made a donation to have a well built.
Subsequently Scott was invited to speak about his time in the Navy at Killearn Probus Club which led to the club wanting to make a donation to charity. Scott suggested CCDO UK.
“I called the charity to find out how best to pass on the donation and found that the folks behind the UK branch were stepping down…one thing led to another and Colin and I ended up taking over as trustees,” says Scott.
Since taking over, Scott and Colin have sent money for two wells, set up a Facebook page for the charity and recently launched a website to help spread the word about CCDO UK.
“We set ourselves a target to raise £10,000 in our first year which would quadruple the amount raised in the year before we took over,” adds Scott who points out that the charity has no running costs. “The only costs involved are the UK and Cambodian bank fees incurred when we transfer funds which are minimal.”
“Our Cambodia 100 campaign aims to find 100 people willing to contribute £10 a month. The resulting £1000 a month would let CCDO get five wells or latrines built a month which would transform the lives of the families in Cambodia.”
• Find out more and make a donation at ccdo.uk