Inspired to help others

Lisa and Emilia Rennie. Picture: Matt Jelonek www.communitypix.com.au d427089
Lisa and Emilia Rennie. Picture: Matt Jelonek www.communitypix.com.au d427089

The aim of the new Perth-based not-for-profit organisation aims to bring, care, growth and equity to disadvantaged communities in places such as India and Cambodia.

Mrs Rennie said she hoped the foundation would help make her one-year-old and other people aware of the world around them.

‘Travelling is the best education and these days we are so materialistic,’ she said.

‘Experiencing other cultures and helping those less fortunate can enrich your life immensely.’

After studying international aid and development as well as politics and international studies in 2012, the Wanneroo resident decided to travel to Cambodia where her passion for volunteering grew.

‘I felt connected to Cambodia and I loved the place; I thought just because I had a baby I don’t have to put my dreams on hold.

‘So I emailed the guys in Cambodia when I returned and said I wanted to help more.

‘They were supported by SCOOP in Ireland and so I emailed the guys in Ireland who were interested in starting SCOOP in Australia and I said I would do it.’

The Irish-based not-for-profit organisation was founded in 2008 and has partnerships with three grassroots organisations in Cambodia and India.

On October 12, the SCOOP foundation will celebrate an official launch with an auction and dinner, which will help raise $10,000 for their first project ” the construction of the Jeevan Educational Village in India.

The Jeevan village will offer a home, stability, nutrition and healthcare for 90 children as well as education to more than 500 homeless and children living in the slums.

Mrs Rennie encouraged people to get involved in the auction with items such as a Holiday to Bali and Gallipoli tour on offer.

Visit scoopfoundation.org.au/schools /the-jeevan-village/.