St Johns Park volunteers off to Vietnam

ST JOHNS Park Bowling Club employees Maria Billitteri and Joanne Malloch will soon take off on a trip which may well change their lives.

The women were chosen to serve as volunteered carers for orphaned and disabled children in Vietnam.

They will leave on Sunday and start their journey at Ho Chi Minh City, where they will be introduced to the local culture, via language and cooking classes.

After that, they will be taken to their project placement to spend time with the local children.

Each of the woman have worked at the club for more than 13 years.

They were chosen for the trip as a reward for their dedication to their positions and having maintained a high level of customer service.

The club donated a recent $3000 Keno prize as well as extra funds to cover the costs of accommodation, spending money and paid leave.

Club CEO David Marsh said the experience was sure to be challenging, yet extremely worthwhile.

"They will be immersed in Vietnamese culture and language while giving some much needed support to some of Vietnam's most disadvantaged children," he said.

As volunteer works, Maria and Joanne will carry out a variety of tasks, including taking care of children, playing games and providing basic educational activities.

They will spend five to six hours a day, five days a week, in childcare centres. There are between 75 and 100 children at each of the centres, so the volunteers will certainly have their hands full.

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