Templestowe College Stand Up Again in 2009
The students of Templestowe College Melbourne have Stood Up again to raise their joint sponsorship of the Takeo ISPP Templestowe Falcons volleyball team for the Falcons Cellcard 2009 National Volleyball League campaign.
Templestowe College, together with the International School Phnom Penh (ISPP) are at the forefront of the CNVLD Education Programme having jointly sponsored the Falcons and conducted annual study visits to Cambodia since 2005.
With the Takeo ISPP Templestowe Falcons hard in training and the opening of the Cellcard 2009 National Volleyball League only a week away, the CNVLD spoke with Julie Ramsey, the organiser of the Templestowe College Community Challenge in Cambodia “Walking in Another’s Shoes” programme, about the 2009 fundraising activities and trip to Cambodia.
Julie Ramsey, thanks very much for speaking with the CNVLD.
Can you tell us about the fundraising activities the students have been undertaking this year in support of the Takeo ISPP Templestowe Falcons?
• The students will continue to sell chocolates throughout the year as a fundraiser both from within the college and out in the wider community as this helps towards advertising the Templestowe College Community Challenge in Cambodia (TCCCC 09).
• The students set up and assisted in the coordination of the College parent and teacher evening and the College Council made a donation to the 2009 TCCCC.
• The students coordinated a Movie Fundraiser selling tickets for “Harry Potter & the Half- Blood Prince” opening night.
• The students collected second hand clothing and sold the items at a local market.
How has this translated into an awareness at (and outside) the school of the Falcons team and Disability Sport in Cambodia?
As most of the fundraising happens outside the college we take a collection of posters advertising our relationship with CNVLD including photos for our games at ISPP and visits to the National Volleyball League at the Olympic Stadium Phnom Penh. The students attend 6 two-hour tutorials learning about Cambodia, CNVLD, ISPP, Landmines and AusAID.
What were the reactions of the last group of students to their visit to Cambodia and what impact do you think it has had on their outlook / studies / ambitions and those of their peers?
The impact of our previous Challenge has had a huge impact as 4 students from the 2008 Challenge are returning to Cambodia as mentors to the other 5 new members of the 2009 Team.
The students always return “fired” up for their education including future studies, relationships with family and place in community and society. Their enthusiasm and respect for life increases tenfold, their desire to make a difference is transferred into their everyday life.
We watched the Takeo ISPP Templestowe Falcons train a few weeks ago and they looked very fit and ready to mount a strong challenge at the Cellcard 2009 National Volleyball League. What are Templestowe’s hopes for their team’s performances this year?
We’re sure the Falcons will put on their best ever performance in this years national league. Our student team visiting Cambodia is about:
Learning about others from a totally different community and
preparing to lend a hand to complete strangers
Taking the time to making a difference in others lives
LEARN, ACT, & BE
Will Templestowe College visit Cambodia again in 2009 and what do you plan to do and hope to achieve ?
The 2009 Templestowe College Community Challenge in Cambodia comprises nine Year 11 students and three staff. This is the fifth consecutive year that a group of students has taken up the challenge to work and visit Cambodia.
The intention is to continue our partnership with the International School of Phnom Penh in Cambodia, plus English conversation classes with the Don Bosco Foundation. As well we aim to maintain sponsorship of our team, the Takeo ISPP Templestowe Falcons and their families as part of CNVLD Cambodian National Volleyball League (Disabled). Templestowe College and ISPP continue to work together to help sponsor this Team in
The 2005 Challenge involved re-building and beautifying the playground for children at the Kien Khleng National Rehabilitation Centre. An Aussie Working Bee was conducted by the 2006 Challenge and resulted in new playground equipment being installed at the Kien Kaleng National Rehabilitation Centre.
The Community Project for 2007 Challenge was to work at the 2007 WOVD Cambodia Standing Volleyball World Cup in Phnom Penh. It was the first time such a sporting event was held in a developing country like Cambodia.
The Community Project for the 2008 Challenge is to organize and conduct English conversation classes for Training Teachers from Don Bosco Schools and for Community Outreach and Youth Workers for the Don Bosco Youth Training Centre from across Cambodia.
The 2009 Challenge is to continue with our sponsorship of the Takeo ISPP Templestowe Falcons and their families as part of CNVLD Cambodian National Volleyball League (Disabled). Templestowe College and the CNVLD recognise the importance of using sport as the bridge between physical rehabilitation and social integration including a betterment of the individual’s socio economic circumstances through restored selfesteem and the positive consequences thereof. Over 70 % of the athletes participating in the annual program are the survivors of landmine accidents.
We also aim to continue the ongoing relationship with we have with ISPP. We will be continuing to conduct conversation classes for local senior students from the Don Bosco TAFE College. These classes are conducted at the Don Bosco Youth Training Center in Kep, a small fishing village about 200 km south of Phnom Penh.
The Don Bosco Centres primarily offer support for poor young people who have no opportunity to further their education. Through skills training the Centre aims to prepare the young people to join the blue collar work force of Cambodia. Young people are helped to prepare for the life ahead as caring members of their family and as honestcitizens of the country. This is a wonderful opportunity for our Templestowe College students to share their skills and support other young people in a developing country with their future education.
TCCCC offers college students a firsthand experience to live, to learn, and to work in a community very different from their own. This experience will help them develop a unique link with a community and school from a significantly different environment and in turn will help them inspire other students to become motivated to continue the challenge and aspire to be actively involved with the project in future years.
Julie Ramsey, thanks very much for talking with the CNVLD and we look forward to welcoming the TCCCC 09 team to Cambodia in September.
Read the July 2008 interview with Templestowe College Junior School Principal Andrew Minko
The CNVLD wishes to thank Templestowe College for their ongoing outstanding commitment to the Athletes with a Disability of Cambodia.
As a result of their work, the CNVLD is proud to announce the nomination of Templestowe College for the category of Best Best Educational Institution for the CNVLD 2009 Disability Awards. The awards will be presented by H.E Ith Sam Heng, Minister of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation at the Cellcard 2009 National Volleyball League Grand Finals on Froday October 16 2009.
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