Group of Byron students crowdfunding for Cambodian housing
DETERMINED to change the lives of Cambodians, a group of 14 Byron Bay High School students have launched a crowdfunding campaign to build two houses.
The campaign on crowdfunding website gofundme was launched on October 9 by the school's deputy principal, Mark Smith.
Mr Smith has previously travelled to help build houses in Cambodia, one of the world's poorest nations.
"Our tour of Cambodia in January 2016 will involve one very special week," Mr Smith posted on gofundme.
"We will be volunteering for an NGO organisation called Volunteer Building Cambodia VBC.
"VBC builds houses for very disadvantaged families in Siem Reap province and other parts of Cambodia.
"As citizens of Australia, and residents of Byron Shire, we know we are lucky.
"We feel so privileged to be able to assist families living in very basic conditions, in a disadvantaged community and in one of the poorest countries in the world."
The houses they hope to construct cost $4050.
"We are hoping to raise enough money to build two, $8100 total," Mr Smith wrote on gofundme.
"We have been raising some money selling cakes, running a barbecue at school and some other activities.
Mr Smith said the crowdfunding was a way for the broader school community, Byron Shire businesses or anyone else to support the goal to build two houses.
"We think this crowdfunding goal should be very achievable by the Byron Bay High and broader community, who are so incredibly fortunate to enjoy the quality of life we have," Mr Smith said.
"If just $7.50 per student was contributed, we would reach the $6000 shortfall in our fundraising goal to get two houses built.
"Not every family or Byron business is in a position to contribute, but many can.
"If you cannot donate, share a link to this page to people in your network who might be interested to help."
Gofundme project page: https://www.gofundme.com/d76275x8