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Myanmar: A Celebration – Myanmar Family Medicine Project

The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP), in collaboration with the Oxford Burma Alliance and Project Southeast Asia, would like to invite you to “Myanmar: A Celebration”, a fundraising event in support of the Myanmar Family Medicine Project of the RCGP. It will be held at Mordan Hall in St Hugh’s College, University of Oxford, on 15 September 2013 from 11.30 am-4.30 pm. Lunch, tea and coffee will be provided. Tickets are £45 in advance or £50 at the door.

For more information, please visit the event page.

To buy tickets, please visit the RCGP website.

KL Party and Fundraiser at the Hard Rock Cafe

The Malaysian Oxbridge Society came out in force to support us at our party and fundraising event at the Hard Rock Café, Kuala Lumpur.

 

Coincidentally, it was also Dr Gerry Bodeker’s birthday! He turned 25 (give or take a few years).

Happy birthday, Gerry!

We were also fortunate to be graced by the presence of Dr Peter Carey, founder of The Cambodia Trust, who spoke to many of the guests about his work. You can learn more and donate to The Cambodia Trust and Birdlife International at our JustGiving page.

Dr Peter Carey talks about The Cambodia Trust

Thanks again to everyone who came! We had a great time.

How to Donate

Our JustGiving pages for Birdlife International and The Cambodia Trust are accessible here.

 

Trishaw Tours Afterparty

After a long day of hard cycling and getting soaked, we were ready to kick back and relax at our after party, kindly hosted by the two lovely ladies who run Group Therapy Coffee, at 49 Duxton Road, #02-01.

A large group of alumni and supporters heard short presentations on The Cambodia Trust and Project Southeast Asia.

Fiona addresses the crowd

In particular, Fiona Callanan, a lawyer and supporter of The Cambodia Trust, gave a heartfelt speech about how losing a leg and having to use a prosthetic changed her life, and how the work of The Cambodia Trust makes a simple but massive change to the lives of the disabled and disadvantaged.

Listening with rapt attention

Xin Hui followed this with an impromptu speech, in which she drew upon her own experience as a doctor to elaborate on how important The Cambodia Trust’s work is. In particular, she noted, rehabilitation was just as important as acute care in enabling people to return to normal and useful lives, but it is an aspect of healthcare that is often overlooked or neglected. She also spoke about how inspiring Dr Peter Carey is, and how he had made such a big difference to the lives of so many. Finally, she talked about Project Southeast Asia and what it was trying to achieve for the region and its people.

Xin Hui and her animated hands

We spontaneously received a number of donations to The Cambodia Trust, for which we were very grateful and appreciative. If you haven’t donated and would like to do so, you can donate to both charities at our JustGiving pages.

Thank you once again to everyone who came!

Trishaw Tours for Charity by Oxford Graduates

As soon as we started pedalling in the direction of Raffles City, the skies opened to unleash the monsoon upon us, causing floods in parts of the country, and lighting up the sky. We went sprinting for shelter and the little pavilion in a nearby HDB estate offered little respite as we watched the waters rise in the canal.

 

As our shelter was lashed by the wind and rain, and with no likely end to the storm in sight, we were faced with the prospect of having the entire Trishaw Tours event cancelled. It was a gloomy prospect. PJ’s phone kept buzzing with texts from people asking if we were still going to go ahead with the event.

“It’s still happening, it’s just delayed,” he kept telling people, but they were getting impatient. I decided to head to Raffles City to rally the troops and keep morale high. I dashed out into the street, and very fortituously found a taxi just as I was getting soaked. The taxi driver had seen me running about in the pouring rain and feeling sorry for me, had cut short his break to give me a ride.

At around 1250h, the rain began to lessen, and we decided we had to make a go of it. So even though rain was still falling, the rest of the team got on the trishaws and headed for Raffles City.

At Raffles City, with the rain still falling, we quickly got organised.

Some brave friends volunteered to be our first passengers and we were off!

We took them on a scenic route around the heart of Singapore’s civic district, past St Andrew’s Cathedral, Parliament House (old and new), the Supreme Court, City Hall, and the Padang.

The Trishaw Tour route

Despite it being an abbreviated session due to our rain delay, and despite our drivers getting soaked to the skin by the rain, it was still a wonderful time and a great success. We had a lot of fun!

We also spent a little time taking photographs of us on the trishaws.

A big thank you to everyone who came out and took part! Special thanks to Joh, Derek, Yiqi, Zain, Hope and Ying Shan!

Trishaw Tours Rehearsal

We were very excited about our trishaw tours event in Singapore. The day began well with a rehearsal/training session at Jalan Kubor, a location chosen for its serenity in the heart of town and its proximity to Raffles City.

A word from our sponsors

In essence, trishaws are more stable than bicycles on their own. They handle differently and require greater clearance on the left because of the side car, so it was important that we practised riding the trishaws with and without passengers.

Sans passenger

Passenger size matters, however.

I picked one of the red trishaws, and after a slightly apprehensive start – note Derek’s concern! – was soon on my way.

It was soon time to move the trishaws to Raffles City – and for us to get our first taste of pedalling in traffic.

A Message from Dr Peter Carey MBE

Born in Burma, Peter is Fellow Emeritus of Trinity College, Oxford, where he specialised in the modern history and politics of Indonesia, Burma and East Timor. He was co-founder and first chairman (1989-96) of The Cambodia Trust. In October 2008, Peter took early retirement from Trinity College, Oxford, to take up a position as Country Director of the Cambodia Trust in Indonesia. In the spring of 2011, he was awarded an MBE for services to the disabled of Southeast Asia.

Send off at The Cambodia Trust Jakarta School of Prosthetics & Orthotics

We had a fantastic send off at The Cambodia Trust Jakarta School of Prosthetics & Orthotics this afternoon.

Thank you for the lovely donuts and warm wishes!

Party and Fundraiser in Kuala Lumpur

Dear friends,

We are excited to announce that, as part of the Rickshaw Run, we will be having a party and fundraiser for the Cambodia Trust and Birdlife International at the Hard Rock Cafe Kuala Lumpur. It is located in Wisma Concorde, 2 Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur 50250, and will be held from 8.30pm to 11.30pm on Sunday 23 October 2011.

For more information and updates, please visit our facebook event page at http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=172769529473348

See you there!

Team Oxford Project Southeast Asia is raising money for The Cambodia Trust!

Team Oxford Project Southeast Asia is taking part in the ASEAN Rickshaw Run to raise money for the Cambodia Trust. For more information, see the ASEAN Rickshaw Run page. To donate, please see our JustGiving page.