A villager receives rice & goods from the Ford Adventure Team.
RM Asia, the Ford Motor distributor in Cambodia, took more than 100 people in 23
Ford trucks in a 400 km convoy to Mondolkiri for a two night adventure camping trip.
Tom Dickin, Ford District Manager of South East Asia, said the trip's purpose was
to "enhance the long-term relationships with Ford customers."
The first stop for the two night weekend trip November 9 came at the O'raing commune,
a remote area that is home to ethic minority, where the convoy's various sponsors
presented a donation of mineral water, 5 tons of rice, soy sauce and seasonings to
O'raing District governor Noun Sarorn said O'raing is one of the poorest districts
in Mondolkiri province due to its unfertile high land location.
He said even in a good harvest season, villagers live with chronic food shortages.
"We really welcome such camping and donation activities because it helps the
villagers a lot in terms of food supply and reduction of poverty," Sarorn said,
as he welcomed the convoy.
He said prior donations this year have come only from the government's s social department
and the Vietnamese Federation.
Seng Voeung, Ford Division Manager, said the company spent more than $20,000 organizing
the event and will do it again next year. Voeung had joined a Ford Malaysia camping
expedition twice to learn about the organization and studied the Mondulkiri site
before the trip.
The Ford convoy negotiates a dirt track of the Mondolkiri's mountainous terrain.
Highlights of the trip were overnight camping with a view of the Mondolkiri high
lands, a campfire party with traditional Phnong Tribe dancing, and a visit to the
Bousra waterfall, one of the most famous waterfalls in Cambodia.
Ngorn Saing, Deputy General Manager of R.M. Asia, said the company chose Mondolkiri
because the bumpy roads provide a good test for the vehicles, as well as adding to
the adventurous atmosphere.
He said security and safety was the biggest concern. An original idea to camp at
the waterfall was discarded because of too many mosquitos and because of fear of
The donations were provided by Ford customers, R.M Asia, Total Cambodge, MS Malaysian
soft drink and Eurotect.