South Vancouver Island

Thu. June 17th, 2010 6:30pm - 9:00pm

Not sure how or where?
Then this is your personal invitation to attend:


a presentation by two recently returned volunteers for the Canadian NGO: www. KINDNESS IN [Alberta]. Both have slides & stories to show & tell about their experiences with the children of Peaceful Children's Home 2 [PCH2] in rural Cambodia, THE LAND OF WONDER. This promises to be an evening you will tell all your friends about! Don't miss your opportunity to attend their presentation on Vancouver Island.

Limited seating. Come early and enjoy the mystical sounds of ALLANNAH DOW, cellist from Nanaimo, and DIANA HALTER, harpist from the Sunshine Coast. Also, some lucky attendee will go home with a beautiful piece of hand blown glass created and donated for this fund-raiser by world famous Vancouver Island artist TED JOLDA! [Ted's work was selected as one of Oprah Winfrey's favourite things].

The evenings presenters are:

DOREEN BAKSTAD, world traveler, professional tour host, International Bodymind Acupressure and Laughter Yoga instructor, who has recently completed her first joy-filled volunteer stay in Cambodia,


LEN WALKER, author of TSUNAMI JOURNEY [the story of his experience representing POCO a POCO in Sri Lanka]. Len has hosted and MC'd fund-raising dinners with Fred and Bonnie Cappuccino of CHILD HAVEN INTERNATIONAL, worked alongside Doctors Without Borders, the Canadian DART regiment, and Scott Stonehocker of www. SAME SAME BUT Len is currently volunteering for the group of Canadian dentists known as KINDNESS IN ACTION.

Following the 2 hour presentation, applications will be accepted from Canadian citizens/other individuals/couples who have the heart/ financial ability/time/desire and energy to volunteer for one month of service. Applicants must hold passports valid for travel , as the tour begins November 15 to December 15, 2010.

Share your skills, knowledge, and caring for children of all ages in Cambodia. Participate in an organized humanitarian effort half way around the world for the benefit of some of the worlds most POOR [but most ambitious and grateful] children, who also want to make a difference.

You will never forget the smiles upon their faces when they meet you for the first time, or the tears when you finally say, 30 short days later, "good bye."

It's all about making a difference… and it takes just a smile to begin. The best part is that once begun, it never ends. Len and Doreen will tell you about that part!

We are pleased to announce the support of British Columbia's foremost intellectual from Simon Fraser University, Rabbi Dr. JOSEF WOSK, who is recognized for his generous contribution to this project. The WOSK FAMILY LIBRARY has been established in several women's centres in Sri Lanka, and as of February 2010, has again sponsored the development of the PEACEFUL CHILDREN'S HOME 2 in Battambang, Cambodia.

KINDNESS IN ACTION [KIA], a Canadian charity that has contributed yearly to Guatemala, Philippines, India, and Mexico, has also immensely contributed to these Cambodian childrens' lives during 2009/2010. One of the main goals of PCH2 is to support and put a child all the way through university, as this is where the HOPE for the future lies in any country. The more immediate and very basic goal is to feed, shelter, clothe, and to provide school supplies and educational opportunities.


Len and Doreen are co-hosting a fully 24/7 escorted, guided 30 day tour to Cambodia. Flights are round-trip, Vancouver to Siem Reap, with travel arrangements taken care of from start to finish.

Siem Reap -- (3 days, 4 nights) Orientation session. Cambodia Cultural Center. Angkor National Museum. And, of course, the famous, historic and awe-inspiring Angkor Wat.

Battambang-- (26 days, 25 nights) Overland from Siem Reap by ground transport (3 hours) or boat (8 hours) via Tonle Sap, the largest lake in Asia

After settling into our hotel, we will do an easy walking tour of this small farming town, showing you the market place, where to find restaurants, coffee, snacks and internet. Our first evening, we will have a traditional Cambodian family style barbecue (we cook our choices at the table) and over dinner we will discuss the on-going projects at the CENTER which we will visit, for the first time, the next day and daily for the next twenty five days providing volunteer service at THE CENTER working with the children age 2 thru 22 with your skills knowledge and expertise.

Siem Reap - (1 day/1 night) Shopping at the local market. Debrief session. Farewell dinner. Airport.

You will never ever regret this experience!

One month later a pot luck dinner to discuss re-entry. The one time minimum (Canadian tax receiptable) donation of $6,000 per person is due October first and includes: Round Trip; Vancouver/Siem Reap Tourist Class airfare; 30 day Cambodian Tourist Visa; all ground transportation while in Cambodia (including airport transfers); 4 star hotels; daily breakfast and either lunch or dinner; fully escorted with guides; all entrance fees where applicable. Excluded: travel insurance, travel nurse consult, incidentals, tips, one of daily lunch or dinner, connecting flights or transport to/from Vancouver International Airport.

What can you contribute to this group of children, living in rural Cambodia, who WANT TO BE FAT LIKE YOU? Can you project yourself into their world for 3+ weeks to make a difference in how their lives turn out? Are you one of their "Magical Strangers" or one of their "Cookie People?" The proceeds of this fund-raising project will be used to create educational scholarships for two Cambodian children, details TBA by Doreen and Len at the June 17th fund-raising event. Here is a unique and wonderful opportunity!
We want to meet you…and ask you to kindly attend our fascinating presentation…we look forward to meeting and working with you heart to heart.

"Don't ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive."

Our current project addresses the needs of orphan children sheltered
at the Peaceful Children's Home in Cambodia. These children are
victims of child trafficking, extreme poverty, abandonment, and
decades of warfare. There are currently 140 children sheltered at
two homes.

There are currently 33 of these orphans attending universities
in Cambodia and Thailand. Recently, some of the funding from around
the world has been cut back, leaving students unable to finish their

The positive impact of this project is incalculable. Children
rescued from extreme poverty, abuse, and despair will now have a
brighter hope. They are cared for and receive specialized training and
higher education, which empowers them to remove themselves out of
their poverty. Together, we will give them the tools to create their
own brighter futures.

The one time donation received from volunteers is used to cover
your living and transport expense.
Any excess will be placed into the Centers bank account to purchase
food and clothing and daily needs.
There are two scholarship available to assist volunteers who cannot afford the full donation.

Cost: Donation Category: Art, Fundraisers, Miscellaneous, Music, Speakers & Seminars
Location: Parksville Community & Conference Center {Garry Oaks Room} 132 E. Jensen Avenue in Parksville, BC More Info: Len Walker

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