CASTLEDOWNS RECREATION SOCIETY ( CDRS )
                                                                                                                                    
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Project Cambodia 2018

For their next project, the group will be traveling to Cambodia in February of 2018. Along with a playground, they will be taking educational material, clothing and sports equipment. Their Mission statement reads: Making a difference in the lives of others through donations and fund-raising, to provide recreational apparatus, educational material and/or services for youth in countries less fortunate.

 

We are looking to you, our neighbors, to once again contribute to this very worthwhile cause. Every little bit helps in making this dream a reality. Within the next year, we will be raising money through various fund-raising events. Your contribution in the form of a donation (material or monetary) would be appreciated, as well as posting/sharing any information for the promotion of these events. Unfortunately tax receipts are not available, as we are not a registered charity.



                                             

cdrsinternational@castledowns.ca

 


Your support is greatly appreciated! 

 

Thank-you


CDRS International











 Thank-you to the following who have made either a monetary donation,
donated items for the trip or provided us with items for our Silent Auction








 
 
 
 
 
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2017 Grey Cup Pool Winners are as follows:

 

         
 First Quarter
      Chris K.
      $100.00
 Second Quarter
      Noelle S.
       $200.00
 Third Quarter
      Prosper P.
      $100.00
 Fourth Quarter & Final
      Jane P.
      $600.00
 Reverse Final Score
      Katrina C.
      $200.00

Lorelei Beaumaris Community League

Dunluce Community League

Fe Banas Ruiz & Jamie Dyce

Baturyn Community League

Spruce Grove, Windermere Playground
Ben Spangl
Lisa Baum
Edmonton Castledowns PC Association
Westcorp
Drumheller Rotary Club
Dr. T. Smigas
F.R.E.E. Fitness

Al Chapman

Castledowns Variety Show

Don Buhay

Dr. Coffin

Dr. Darrin Doan

Eaton

Red-L Distributors

Gracie Jane Genereaux

Healing Connections

Grassy Lane Custom Meats Ltd.

Interworks Contracting

Staff at General Mental Health Clinic, CFB Edmonton        Borneo Cultural Association of Alberta                                    Phat Loi Chung

Investor’s Group

Jack Lee

Jim & Linda Fisher

Kozy Knots

Linda & Grath Smith

Lingnan

Matilda & Mark Farhat

Original Joe’s

Playworks

Powerplay Sports

Rick & Diana Bernard

Rob Melnyk

Rob & Maureen Ewart

RV Country

Sarah Cameron- Fluid Hair

Sonya Lang

Tammy Pintaric

Ted Grant

Tony Reid

City of Edmonton

Darrin Schmidt

Marina Gabucci – Saputo                                                                                      Mei Sun                                                                                                                 The Cambodian Canadian Friendship Society of Edmonton And Areas                                                                                                                                     

PROJECT CAMBODIA UPDATE


Over the past 18 months the group has been compiling and refurbishing playground equipment, getting donations of clothing and educational material, sold grey cup tickets, had a silent auction, as well as numerous other fundraising events.


During the weekend of December 2nd, everything that they had collected along with  all of the amazing donations, were loaded into the Seacan. Its journey now begins.


It has now been transported to Vancouver and was just loaded onto a ship bound for Cambodia.We now have our fingers crossed hoping that the contain arrives safe and sound and on time for all of the volunteers who will be departing from Edmonton on February 2nd, 2018


Below are a few pictures of the Seacan being loaded.

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             PROJECT CAMBODIA COMPLETION UPDATE


It was the biggest playground yet –and the largest group of volunteers ever. Two years of planning and fundraising culminated in a playground built for the children of Chombok Primary School, Chombok Village, Prek Prasob District, Kratie Province, Cambodia. 27 volunteers arrived at Chombok Village on the morning of February 5th. First on the agenda was the unpacking of the seacan. Volunteers from the school and the village eagerly helped us to unload the playground and the nearly 200 boxes of donations that we had brought to share with the villagers and school children. 


We started mapping the playground on the afternoon of February 5th, and were official guests at the Grand Opening that was held on Monday morning, February 12th. Eight days of working side by side with our new Cambodian friends in +31 degree heat with 75% humidity. These friends helped us throughout the entire build and taught us that we don’t need to speak the same language to understand the spirit of volunteerism and friendship.


At the Grand Opening our Cambodia partner, Mr. Sophalleth Eang (Darryl) thanked our Canadian contingent for donating such a beautiful play structure. He thanked us on behalf of the children and the adults of the community – reminding us that the playground would be a source of pleasure for the children, and also a place of healing for the adults…a reminder of the harsh history of this beautiful country.


During the Grand Opening Ceremony, members of our group gave token gifts to the children – a back-pack filled with school supplies that represented the donations given by Ormsby School and others, and a soccer ball representing the many sports equipment donations from Dunluce, Baturyn and Lorelei Beaumaris Community Leagues. One of the most poignant moments during the Ceremony was when our volunteer Winnie Bogosoff presented the school principal with a new guitar. One of our original members, Sonny Bogosoff passed away before he could go on this, his fourth playground build. In honour of his dedication to CDRS International and his love of music and children, we donated three guitars to the school.


Another successful playground build.





                               Below are a few pictures of the groups adventure


                                                             Pictures compliments of Mel W.

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