Reaching out to slum kids

Cambodian Children’s Fund executive director Scott Neeson with Christ Church Grammar School Year 6 students. Picture: Marcus Whisson www.communitypix.com.au d398632
Cambodian Children’s Fund executive director Scott Neeson with Christ Church Grammar School Year 6 students. Picture: Marcus Whisson www.communitypix.com.au d398632

Junior school students will Skype children from the Cambodian Children’s Fund (CCF) and Year 11 and 12 students as well as first-year leavers will travel to the disadvantaged area later this year.

CCF founder Scott Neeson (54) visited the school last week after Service Learning and Leadership director Richard Pengelley visited the project that helps children living in a garbage site just out of Phnom Penh, last December with his wife Jo.

‘The rubbish dump walk is something that breaks your heart,’ Mr Pengelley said.

‘But it’s great to see the children grasp the education opportunities and become self sufficient.’

Mr Neeson, who grew up in Adelaide, provides education, housing and medical services to 1800 children who live at or near the tip site. The former 20th Century Fox International president who was involved in movies such as Titanic, Braveheart and X-Men, quit his Hollywood life in 2004 after trip to Asia between jobs led him to the slums of Cambodia.

‘I gave myself a year (back in LA) to not do anything rash and made 11 trips back to Cambodia that year.’

Mr Neeson then moved to Cambodia permanently.

For more details on CCF, visit www.cambodianchildrensfund.org.