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FDC Charity Committee (FDCCC), in collaboration with the FDC Work Life Balance team recently held a Cambodian CookOut in aid of the Matesabroad Foundation, an Australian charity established in 2004 to relieve suffering in developing countries caused by poverty, illness or lack of education.

Since inception, Matesabroad has focused its support on an education program to improve the prospects of the poor children of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The organisation currently supports five schools in slum communities of Phnom Penh targeting the poorest children; those unable to afford to attend Government schools. Through this program Matesabroad hopes to break the poverty cycle in which these children are trapped.

In June this year Sophie Cottle will be travelling to Cambodia to take part in an immersion program run by Matesabroad.

FDC’s own Leading Hand, Marc Anthony, and wife Rachael, were kind enough to cook a delicious array of Cambodian specialties including chha ban-leh (stir fried vegetables with squid, Cambodian-style green chicken curry and fish cakes with coriander, chilli and lemon dressing. A big thank you to Marc & Rachael for their efforts in producing this fantastic feast for FDC.

At the conclusion of the lunch a fun pie throwing competition was staged. Pies were auctioned off with the highest bidder purchasing the right to throw a pie at their manager’s face. Several staff members seized this rare opportunity!!

The lunch provided a terrific cultural experience for the 80 employees that attended with proceeds from the event amounting to over $3,000.