Your heartbeat starts to race and suddenly the walls start closing in around you. Everything begins to spin. Photos once treasured, contacts that have taken years to compile, all slowly slip from your grasp. You’re frightened and alone with no way to connect with the outside world. Yep - you just dropped your brand new iPhone 6.
Ok, so this might be a first world problem, but the ability to communicate is something that should never be taken for granted. Unfortunately, in Cambodia more than 600,000 people have a communication or swallowing disorder, making it difficult for them to eat breakfast or even talk to their loved ones.
Cue the amazing people at OIC, a non-profit organisation helping these people so they can lead happy and full lives through speech therapy and the training of local speech therapists. (OIC stands for that moment when you suddenly understand something you hadn’t before, “Oh, I see!”... Clever isn’t it!). They call this The Cambodia Project.
Support and celebrate the launch of The Cambodia Project
OIC will be hosting the launch of The Cambodia Project this week to help raise money and awareness in support of their life changing work for the people of Cambodia. Brendan Rigby of Whydev will be emceeing the evening with OIC Managing Director Weh Yeoh speaking on why he felt compelled to help some of the poorest people in Southeast Asia. Guests can expect to be spoilt by the soulful tunes of DJ Gideon Haine, delicious treats from Mr Wow’s Emporium and an array of special door prizes, all included in the ticket price of a meer $10!
Communication is a privilege that should never be taken for granted. Help this inspiring charity give people back their voice and their futures - join them at the OIC: The Cambodia Project launch party.
OIC: The Cambodia Project launch party
Wednesday Nov 12
6.30pm to 11pm
Mr Wow's Emporium, 97 Smith Street, Fitzroy
by Colette Whitton