In January this year we had a remarkable young volunteer from Perth, Western Australia, come and spend 2 weeks with us at RCRC. Jocelyn MacRae, an extremely motivated student, chose to spend 2 weeks of her school holidays with us here in Cambodia. Prior to leaving Perth, Joce worked very hard to collect a huge number of donations of useful equipment and therapy goods for us, and arranged for shipping of these goods to Cambodia. After a challenging time getting the goods through customs, and a lot of lessons learned, we finally received the package of 127 kg on Friday 4th May. Joce is pictured below working with Sophak in January this year.

We spent time today unpacking all of the 12 boxes! Lots of boxes waiting to be ‘dealt with’…

Empty Boxes!

Kids know exactly what to do with boxes :)

Kids will be kids everywhere! We left the empty boxes over lunch time and this is what we came back to see…

All the goodies

Kanha and Sophak checking out the goods

Kanha, Sophak and Sokny with our yet to be named skeleton (skeleton is from the Australian Embassy’s Direct Aid Program but Joce kindly packaged it up from Perth with the other goods)

Sokny’s tries out skateboarding

A trampoline!

All of these products and equipment will greatly assist us with our work prevent disability and improve lives of those with disabilities. We have been waiting for the thermoplastic splinting material in the package to splint the hands of a newborn baby with a congenital deformity of both of her hands. We are very happy to be able to do this now, and hope to significantly improve the position of her hands and improve her outcomes.

Among the large array of items, a significant number of gross motor activity toys, puzzles, and toys for young children, all of which provide great opportunities for children to grow and develop well.

The physiotherapists will also benefit from our now increased library of clinical textbooks, which will support their learning and development.

Thank you so much Jocelyn, your efforts are very much appreciated and everything will be put to great use.

Thanks also to the Direct Aid Program at the Australian Embassy for the lifesize model skeleton – this will be ever so useful in our training tutorials, enhancing the level of understanding of the physio techniques and anatomy being taught.

If you would like to help support this project, please donate to Rose Charities through Canada Helps and select “Rose Rehab” from the drop down menu. All donations over $25 receive a Canadian tax receipt. Thank-you so much for your donation!

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