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Amy Burdis ran a marathon and raised a fantastic amount of money for HOPE and the kids at Sangkheum

On behalf of Tanya, and the Sangkheum Center for children I would like to thank Amy for all her hard work training and efforts completing the run. Awkun Chiran Thom Thom!!

Amy says….

AmyI went to Cambodia in 2007, just for one week as part of a four month trip with a friend, but it had more of an impact on me than any of the other countries I went to.  I knew I wanted to do something to help or raise money but it wasn’t until I entered a marathon this year that I started looking.  That was when I found HOPE, and the trustees seemed to have had similar experiences to me.

They obviously put in a lot of time and effort to make sure that support is given to the people who need it most and where it will help the most.  The projects they are part of will help the young people of Cambodia and enable them to become independent, improving their lives for the future while respecting local customs and businesses.  It will allow them to break out of poverty and then help others to do the same through learning and playing.

There is so much we take for granted in our lives, so visiting the orphanage in Cambodia was really emotional for me.  I was amazed by everyone’s generosity with sponsorship and I know the money raised will go a long way.  The months of training I put in really paid off too as the marathon went really well.  The weather was perfect, the marshals were very friendly and encouraging and we kept a good pace.  We ended up finishing over ten minutes faster than we intended, despite the last mile being pretty much all uphill!  I thought I might cross the finish line thinking “never again” but I actually can’t wait for the next challenge now!

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