DAY OF SILENCE TO FUNDRAISE FOR THOSE WITHOUT SPEECH
STUDENTS from Trinity Grammar School stopped speaking and remained silent – some for the entire school day – to raise funds to bring speech therapy to Cambodians.
The 800 students who took part in Day Without Speech raised funds to support OIC Cambodia’s work to establish speech therapy as a profession in Cambodia.
Based in Phnom Penh, OIC’s aim is to make speech therapy available to all who need it. The organisation has a 14 year plan, which includes 100 Cambodian speech therapists employed by the government by 2030.
Physiotherapist and OIC Cambodia founder, Weh Yeoh said there were more than 600,000 or one in 25 people in Cambodia, many of them children, with a speaking or swallowing disability, which impacted on them physically, mentally and socially.
This is the second year that Trinity Grammar School students have taken up the Day Without Speech challenge and have so far raised about $18,000 overall.
Published in the Inner West Times | 1 March 2017