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UTAS students reach out to kids of Cambodia

Hamish and Adam

From the North-West Coast of Tasmania to the Kingdom of Cambodia – University is taking Adam McDermott and Hamish Chapman on a wild ride.

The two sports-mad 20-year-olds are in their third year of a Bachelor of Physical Activity at UTAS in Launceston.

A quick scan of a brochure handed out at a university seminar has led to them joining another 20 Reach Out volunteers from around Australia who will spend their summer holiday working at schools and orphanages in the poorest regions of South East Asia.

Hamish, who is a member of the Ulverstone Surf Lifesaving Club, wants to teach physical education at secondary school and is specialising in health science.

"I'm looking forward to spending time in the villages of the Kro Bei Riel community, meeting and interacting with the people there and taking classes in conversational English, arts and crafts, sports and recreation and agriculture," he said.

"We'll also be teaching basic nutrition and hygiene, and it will be a constant schedule of teaching and building while we are there, except for day eight where we get the day off to visit nearby temples and other places of interest."

Adam, from Strahan, plays State League football with Devonport and spends his summers working as a lifeguard at the local swimming pool.

He has also been looking for an overseas adventure where he can gain some hands-on teaching experience.

"Through Reach Out we can teach English to children and young adults who are trying to pull themselves out of poverty – it's a doorway to employment and it also help us put our teaching knowledge to the test," Adam said.

"We are fundraising to cover the $4000 it costs each of us to complete the project, and whenever possible Reach Out uses local guides, labour and translators to direct that money back to the community.

"We purchase all food and building supplies locally and as much as possible we use environmentally friendly materials."

Upcoming fundraiser:

Adam's parents, owner/operators of Sharonlee Strahan Villas and Marsden Crt accommodation in Strahan and World Heritage Cruises, both contributed the major prizes for a raffle that kicked off their fundraising and the boys are also busy keeping boxes of chocolates topped up to raise money.

Stage hypnotist Zeiken Black is helping out with what will be their major fundraiser by putting on a show in the theatre at the Ulverstone Civic Centre on Friday, October 12 starting at 8pm (doors open 7pm).

Tickets are $25 and available from Maverick Clothing, Reibey St, Ulverstone, or by calling Adam on 0438 141 711 or Hamish on 0447 070 636.

For more information on Reach Out go to

Image: Hamish and Adam.

Published on: 10 Sep 2012 4:45pm