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Man About Town 12 APR 2013

With the Khmer New Year nigh, acts of charitable kindness have been breaking out all over town.

The Victoria Angkor Resort and Spa reports that it provided free diabetes screening for all its employees 25 years old and above, through the Cambodian Diabetes Association-Siem Reap, For the ones who unfortunately tested positive, the association gave them support, advice and directed them to treatment.

Plus, with the help of the RACH clinic, the hotel provided free hepatitis screening and vaccination to its entire kitchen and food and beverage staff. Because of the nature of the infection, all employees had to take a blood test for screening before the clinic could go ahead with the vaccination.

Also during last year’s Angkor Half Marathon race the hotel hosted a group of Singaporean participants who were members of The Chain Reaction Project. This is an organisation created in 2009, when four women committed to help change lives in some of the world’s least-developed nations.

Victoria Angkor Resort is a partner of the Sala Bai hospitality school, and it decided to donate 30 per cent of the Chain Reaction Project team’s tariff.  This amounted to a generous $2,765.18 disbursement from the hotel to Sala Bai. This donation enables one student to be sponsored for the year.

And who says rockers and ragers don’t have a kind heart?  The X-Bar is understandably chuffed over the good results of its Good Friday Appeal on behalf of the Angkor Hospital for Children.

Rick Eddington, bar manager at X-Bar and purveyor of GM SNAGS sausages, reports that 20 people donated blood to the hospital on the afternoon of the occasion, and this is significant because the hospital receives an average of only four donations a day.

Furthermore X-Bar raised $739.25 in raffle ticket sales and personal donations for the hospital.

Rick also thanked a long list of noble sponsors which include Beyond Unique Escapes, Tara Boat, The Borei Angkor Resort, The Victoria Hotel, Sofitel Phokeethra Resort,  La Residence, Angkor Palace Resort , Navutu Dreams Resort,  Jungle Junction, Fresh at Chilli Si-Dang, Rosy Guesthouse, Ababa Curry House, Green Star Restaurant, Cellars D’Asie and Cambodia Beer.

Entertainment was provided by Olivier Roulin, Sokunthea Duk, Denis Popov, Virgil Ray, Richard Besley, Liverpool Tyrone, Alexandre Scarpati, Nikki Vladimirovich,  Darshana Bolt, Russian Kostya, Lee Voukanari, Evgeny Shcherbakov,  Tim Betts and Kohctahtnh Koxkemrknh.

Meanwhile, the hospital itself has released a list of its scheduled blood drives for the remainder of this year. Dates and venues are April 26,  L’Ecole d’Hôtellerie et de Tourisme ; May 21, Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf and Spa Resort; June 21,  Le Residence Hotel; July 8, Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf and Spa Resort; August 9, Shinta Mani Siem Reap

On April 10, 25 kilograms of Ibis Rice became part of the Lotus Kids’ Club Food Program, a monthly supplement given to the families of children who attend Lotus Kids’ Club in Siem Reap as a reward for their participation.

The generous benefactor was Tony Aquila, CEO of Solera Holdings Inc, a Texan-based company that develops software for car accident insurance claim processing.

Aquila and a team of employees were in Siem Reap last month, visited the Lotus Kids’ Club and decided to help. Janet Chan, assistant director of sales at Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor, told Aquila about Rice to the Occasion!, a rice donation outreach project in Siem Reap. And hence the deed was done.

Lotus Kid’s Club, a Senhoa Foundation project, is a preschool and community centre helping poor kids to get a head start. The centre has a new covered sports ground with basketball, soccer and badminton courts, which is open to children of all ages in the afternoons. Classes in English, sewing and other skills are also provided free to the poorest children in the neighborhood.



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