Nowhere in the country has a local business community played such a significant part in a grassroots sports development program like the one in the small coastal town of Kep.
Last Friday, several Kep business outlets – small, medium and large – rallied once again to support kids from the Aspeca Orphanage and Kep Tennis Club involved in the ongoing tennis program to better deal with their transportation needs.
as an extension of the 2014 launch of the “Bicycles for Players” program supported by the local businesses, Tennis Cambodia, with the help of community leaders in trade and commerce, organised a “redistribution” event benefitting close to 50 boys and girls in all.
The original idea of providing bikes to the players, some of whom were required to travel long distances to reach the only tennis court in town, sprung out of dire need as transportation costs were steadily climbing up, cutting deep into program resources.
But local business leaders stepped in to address the problem and pooled funds to raise enough money to provide scores of kids with new bicycles.
Tennis Cambodia managed to restore bikes which were in poor condition, before the restored bikes were given away to players of merit and a few eager beginners at a gathering attended by representatives from local business houses including Boat House, Kep Butterfly Garden, Kepmandou, Maxx Discovery and La Baraka.
Other local business interests supporting this program are Breezes, Bzrise de kep, Kep Lodge, Veranda, Lida Massage, Maelis, Mr Mab, Rega Guest House, Spring Valley resort, Beach House and Villa Romonea.
“We have an obligation to the business community for this significant help and by keeping the bikes back out on the road we hope that they will see that we care and are trying to really help change the lives of these young individuals,” Tennis Cambodia’s secretary general Tep Rithivit told the Post.