UPDATE: January 31st, 2019
Elizabeth and the other volunteer members of the Rotary Wheels for Learning arrived safely in Cambodia. Beginning in Phnom Penh before moving to Siem Reap, Elizabeth tells us they’ve already made 2 distributions! 224 out of 900 bicycles have been given out so far to the children of Cambodia.
Congratulations Elizabeth and the rest of the RWFL team! We wish you luck with the rest of the project!
Since first opening our doors back in 1989, Continental Currency Exchange has made a point of giving back to our community and supporting local charities throughout Ontario. We are proud to carry on that tradition today. We are also delighted to recognize and support the efforts of our employees who go above and beyond to support charitable causes on their own.
Elizabeth Jeroy and Rotary Wheels for Learning
At Continental, we’re lucky to have on our team a great number of thoughtful and generous individuals who think nothing of giving their time and money to worthy causes. There’s one employee, today though, whose efforts we’d like to highlight.
Elizabeth Jeroy, the assistant manager for our Barrie branch, is a member of the Kempenfelt Rotary Club. She is currently raising money for the Rotary Wheels for Learning Bicycle Distribution Program (a project led by the Rotary Club of Gravenhurst). Elizabeth also coordinates the Interact Club of Barrie (the teen division of Rotary). Coincidentally, one of the first projects ever organized by that club was a bottle drive raising money for RWFL.
In its eighth year now, the project works to provide bicycles to impoverished children in rural regions of Cambodia so that they may attend school.
Public infrastructure in rural Cambodia is sparse; and, as it stands, many children have to walk prohibitive distances to get to school. Shortcuts through fields and jungle are often laced with forgotten landmines, unexploded ordnance, poisonous snakes and other hazards. Providing children with bicycles therefore gives them the option to receive an education that they otherwise would not have.
Coming up in January and February of 2019, Elizabeth and other members of the RWFL (Rotary Wheels for Learning) will be travelling to Cambodia with the hopes of distributing 800 bicycles throughout the provinces of Phnom Penh, Svay Rieng, Siem Reap, Battambang, Kampong Speu, and Kampot. Additionally, they have committed to funding eight additional projects focussing on sanitation, hygiene, and providing access to clean drinking water, as well as donating oral health products and school supplies. All of these measures will alleviate pressure on impoverished families and help to encourage children to remain in school.
The RWFL is currently looking for donations to cover the cost of the bicycles. Donations can be made individually, as a business, or as part of a community club or group. Each bicycle costs $50 but donations can be made for any amount (minimum $20 for a tax receipt). Locally (Barrie and the surrounding area), cash and cheque donation can be dropped off to Elizabeth Jeroy at Continental Currency Exchange in the Georgian Mall. Cheques can be made payable to The Rotary Club of Gravenhurst (please put Rotary Wheels for Learning in the memo field).
Alternatively, you can visit www.canadahelps.org, search for Rotary Wheels for Learning and complete your donation online. Just be sure to mention the name Elizabeth Jeroy!
Continental Supports Local Charities
Continental Currency Exchange is proud to support Elizabeth and Rotary Wheels for Learning in this noble project. We have already made a donation ourselves, but we would urge everyone, if you have the means, to donate what you can. Every little bit helps!
Whether you’re a member of our staff raising money for a charity you care about, or just a good samaritan who happens to be travelling overseas in support of another charity, Continental is happy to contribute. In that spirit, anyone travelling abroad as part of a charity group qualifies for our special group rates. So be sure to visit Continental before you travel to save on your currency exchange!
Gravenhurst Rotary Club
Kempenfelt Rotary Club
Interact Club of Barrie: https://portal.clubrunner.ca/187/sitepage/new-generations-youth/interact
This isn’t the first time Continental has supported Rotary. Check out two other Rotary projects we have contributed to in the past!
Barrie Rotaract & World Polio Day:
Barrie Rotaract Volleyball Tournament:
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