Wagin’s Lorraine Pederick has co-ordinated the dining room catering at Wagin Woolorama since 1978, and this year she is passing the baton on for a special cause.
Kay Eva, from Gidgegannup, and her team from Stitches of Hope Cambodia will provide chicken and salad meals in the dining room, with funds raised to go towards overseas aid projects in the South-East Asian kingdom.
Mrs Eva said in November last year 10 women, including three from Wagin, travelled to the Kingdom of Cambodia to see for themselves the work that Stitches of Hope had achieved over the past eight years.
Each woman returned home passionate about helping the poor of Cambodia become sustainable and improve their lot with education for children.
Mrs Eva said the Stitches of Hope’s next project was to establish an agricultural project that would ensure self-sufficiency for about 45 families in Cambodia.
“In a village called Mesang in the Prey Veng province, about three-and-a-half hours from Phnom Penh, there are 45 families who live in absolute poverty,” she said.
The village chief has given the families 0.6ha to farm so they may become self-sufficient.
Mrs Eva said for the project to become a reality the group would have to raise about $25,000 which would go towards a hand-operated tractor, seed rice and fertiliser, construction and planning of a commercial 20m x 35m fish pond, fingerling stock, vegetable seedlings and other equipment.
Stitches of Hope has a children’s home in Cambodia which looks after 24 youngsters aged two months to 18 years old.