I first visited Sihanoukville, Cambodia five years ago and while there I became aware of the plight of the beach children living there. One little girl in particular caught my attention. She earned her keep acting as a pair of eyes for her blind uncle who in turn scratched a living by singing songs for tourists and through begging. At the time I gave all I could, but after returning to the UK I decided to try and help in a more practical and extensive way.
Last year I raised funds with a sponsored motorcycle ride across Cambodia. With this I purchased 300 colouring books and 300 felt tip pen sets and took these along with $600.00 dollars when I set out on my journey across Cambodia in February 2009. This time I paid for everything myself including the tickets, pens and colouring books and all the other fees came out of my own pocket from money saved working back in England.
After arriving in Cambodia I first made my way to Phnom Penh and started out by making donations to the single street mums there. Then I made my way up to Siem Reap to river village and handed out colouring books and money donations to all the river houses there via a boat. On the next leg of my journey I made my way back down to Sihanoukville having completed the sponsored motorcycle trip. Here I handed out the remaining colouring books to the beach children on Ocheateal beach.