WHEN two staff members from Canley Heights RSL went to Cambodia earlier this year, they did not expect it to be as emotionally trying as it turned out.
The club's marketing and promotion's assistant, Chheng Tang, and the financial controller's personal assistant, Ivy Dinh, were selected to go on an all-expense paid trip to the poverty-stricken country in May, as part of Barringtons Help2Help.
While in Cambodia the women distributed food packs, healthcare supplies, medical treatment and educational supplies to those in need of help.
The experience is one Ms Tang will never forget, especially seeing families living in rubbish tips.
"Seeing these families live there and learning that most of them had HIV was a real eye-opener for me," she said.
"Over there, the people have no clean water, really bad hygiene, hardly any food to eat or clothes to wear, and they're all just so skinny.
"The things we take advantage of here in Australia are the things they would be so grateful to have.
"That for me was really hard to come to terms with."
Both woman distributed 250 packs with rice, fish sauce, garlic, salt and sugar to those in need — a move that was extremely rewarding for Ms Dinh.
"Seeing how much poverty there is in Cambodia made me feel so bad for them," she said.
"I wish I had more money to give to them.
"Seeing babies not wear clothes or kids not wearing shoes really touched me."
The two women each spent eight days in Cambodia, from May 2 to May 10, before returning home.
They said they would go again, but next time pack old clothes to give to the poor.
"The people over there have less than 5 per cent of what we have," Ms Tang said.
"We should be grateful for everything we have."