Tooth Brushes for Cambodia
This project was seen by Merricks teen Georgia Debenham and Amber Somers during a trip to Cambodia, where they saw how disinterested young people were in dental hygiene and dental health in particular.
Georgie Debenham and Amber Jones from Somers, both 19, set up The Toothbrush Project about six months ago after volunteering for the Chumkriel Language School in Cambodia. After seeing children at the school with teeth that just lacked any feeling of well-being, they felt compelled to help, and indeed started a project which has mushroomed into an event which has government backing.
"The average daily wage in Cambodia is about the cost of a toothbrush, so that's not on their priority list," explained Georgie. The girls then decided to do something about this and have raised $1500 which will cover about three years' worth of toothbrushes and toothpaste for the students.
They would now like to offer the toothbrush project to students at a linked state school. This will see them support the dental health of 800 children, up from 100.
"We're interested in speaking to people who can support the cause," Georgie said.
Mount Martha Rotary are supporting the cause, You can also.
To help Georgie and Amber fund the campaign, visit....