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    2019 - 01.21

    THE Leopold family visited the Da Nang Red Cross Orphanage in Vietnam in the April school holidays.
    Nanjing Night Net

    Ellie and Ben Leopold play with the children in Vietnam.

    Kangaroo Inn Area School teacher Ange Leopold travelled to the orphanage with her children Ben, 17, and daughter Ellie, 15, as well as her husband Tim to deliver the $500 that the KIAS senior SRC had raised for the orphanage throughout term one.

    The money, which was raised through a casual clothes day and sausage sizzle, will enable the orphanage to buy many items included physiotherapy equipment for the children and formula for babies.

    It also funded an outdoor soccer playing area.

    Robe kindy also contributed by making and selling rice paper/cold rolls.

    KIAS has raised money for the orphanage for the last three years, an initiative which was established with former student and occupational therapist Ella Dunsford who regularly volunteers at the orphanage.

    Ben said it was “good to see first-hand” the improvements that have been made because of the KIAS fundraising.

    Ellie said the experience really opened her eyes to “how fortunate we really are”.

    “I never fully understood their situation until I saw it for myself,” she said.

    “I would definitely like to go back there in the future.”

    Ange said it was also uplifting to see the difference KIAS and Ella Dunsford have made.

    “The outdoor area was lovely and well utilised,” she said.

    “The children and babies soaked up and loved the attention and interaction, and it was reassuring to see they were genuinely well cared for with limited resources.”

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