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Connexus : Issue 43
For the frst time, CUFA’s Cambodian Leadership Challenge group included a credit union member when it left for Cambodia in early June. Railways Credit Union member Philippa Hindmarsh, an employee of rail freight company Aurizon, joined eight mutual staff members for the sixth annual challenge. She was chosen to take part alongside Railways Credit Union staff member Fiona Ingram as part of the credit union's initiative to further enhance relationship ties with its bond partners. "When I saw the Cambodian Challenge advertised on the Aurizon intranet, it was the cycling component that initially caught my eye," says Hindmarsh. "Cycling has always been a keen interest of mine, and I've always wanted to participate in international community service, but never really knew how to get involved. “Also, being in fnance, CUFA’s Children's Financial Literacy program appealed to me very much," she says. Fund raising targets Hindmarsh, who was a competitive track cyclist in her teens, also has experience in obtaining sports sponsorship, which she was able to use to her advantage when completing the fundraising aspect of the challenge. All challengers are required to raise a minimum of $3,300 for the literacy program, fnd support for three Cambodian village entrepreneurs' small businesses and complete 100 hours of community service when they return home. In Cambodia, they cycle more than Credit union member joins Cambodian Challenge Philippa Hindmarsh doesn't work for a customer-owned bank, but she ticked all the right boxes to be part of the 2013 Cambodian Leadership Challenge. BY STEPHANIE BROWN 300 kilometres along the dirt track roads of the country's rural districts, including a visit to the magnifcent temples of Angkor Wat. Having more than met her fundraising target, Hindmarsh says she was over whelmed by the generosity of people who donated. "Here in Australia we don't realise how privileged we are until we go to developing countries. "To be able to help and improve someone else's life is an amazing experience," she says. The physical, mental and spiritual dimensions of the Cambodian Leadership Challenge constitute an opportunity for mutual staff to enhance their professional and personal skills while making a very real difference to the lives of hundreds of disadvantaged Cambodian families. Many previous participants have described it as the experience of a lifetime. To learn more about the challenge, visit www.cufa.com.au I've always wanted to participate in international community service, but never really knew how to get involved. Philippa Hindmarsh pictured centre with cheque www.customerownedbanking.asn.au 49