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Schoolies volunteer their time in Cambodia

A group of Year 12 students from The Cathedral School will have a different Schoolies Week celebration to most other teenagers their age when they visit the Home of Hope in Cambodia as volunteers for two weeks with Projects Abroad.


The Home of Hope cares for disadvantaged and disabled children from four months of age to 18 years in the capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh.

The group of nine students depart on Sunday 17 November and are looking forward to making a positive difference to the Home of Hope through the projects they will be helping out with, which include teaching English, feeding and spending time with the disabled residents, gardening and renovating the grounds.

Whilst in Cambodia, the group will also visit the Lighthouse Orphanage where they will deliver 200 kilograms of clothing which has been donated by the wider school community.

Coordinating teacher, Ms Jillian Turner said “The Year 12 students are really looking forward to the trip and making a real difference to those less fortunate than themselves. I think they will also become far more grateful for the life they live and all the opportunities they have in Australia.”

Year 12 student Brayden Fracchia has chosen to attend the trip as opposed to normal Schoolies Week celebrations “I was never really interested in going on Schoolies Week and when I knew that I could spend my time travelling to another country, experiencing a different culture and helping a community, I was really excited.”

“I have always enjoyed traveling, and serving a community in some way. I do realise that I do not have many skills to help the orphanage in a significant way, but I really believe it is important to step outside of your comfort zone and learn about the history and struggles of another nation” added Brayden.

The travelling group will depart on Sunday 17 November from the Townsville Airport and return Thursday 5 December.

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