Former Rustington man runs for teachers in Cambodia

Guy Burridge after completing the Angkor Wat International Half Marathon
Guy Burridge after completing the Angkor Wat International Half Marathon
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A FORMER Rustington man has completed a challenging run to raise money for a school in Cambodia.

Guy Burridge, who lived in The Street, is volunteering with Sustainable Cambodia until mid-February, having previously spent eight months in the country last year.

Sights en route, photographed by Guy

Sights en route, photographed by Guy

He is working in a school and is raising money for its Support a Teacher campaign to help continue to build the education system in Cambodia.

Guy said: “It’s a great place and the children are great. Funds are desperately needed as about 18 months ago, a grant from Barclays Capital in Singapore came to a end and we have been struggling to fill the gap.”

He has been living on campus for much of the last year. As well as the school, there is a youth club for teenagers.

“The education out here has a long way to go after the Khmer Rouge days but these children, not only in our school but all over Cambodia, have an incredible thirst for learning, which is astounding,” added Guy.

He completed the Angkor Wat International Half Marathon last Sunday to support the campaign.

“Despite my sore feet and aching legs, not helped by a six-hour bus trip back to the school, it was really special to run in such a magical place,” he said.

“The time was not important but under three hours, much slower than I have ever done. It’s been a while since I did running but my excuse is I spent a lot of time taking pictures and giving high-fives to the children who lined the route.”

The education system in Cambodia was destroyed 40 years ago. The country continues the slow process of recovery following decades of war and the Khmer Rouge regime, the most brutal and devastating episode in its history.

The children of Cambodia now have access to government-funded schools but state school teachers often teach only half the curriculum in class and the other half in private classes, which many students cannot afford.

The school has raised nearly two-thirds of its target of 15,000 dollars by the end of the year. Visit sustainablecambodia.causevox.com to find out more and make a donation.

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