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GMAC raises $50k for Kantha Bopha Hospitals

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The Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia on Saturday collected about $50,000 to support the Kantha Bopha Hospital during a fundraising event.

Commerce Minister Pan Sorasak himself donated $3,500 for the hospital.

The fundraising event, co-organised by True Money, attracted factory owners, employees, government officials, members of civil society and unionists.

GMAC chairman Van Sou Ieng said the event also celebrated his organisation’s 23rd anniversary.

According to Mr Sou Ieng, GMAC was established in 1996 to represent “a united industry voice” to bring about a conducive business environment as an enabling factor for growth and development.

He said that GMAC has generated over 700,000 direct employments, noting that the organisation proudly contributes to about 18 percent of Cambodia’s overall GDP.

“One of the four mission statements of GMAC is to embrace corporate social responsibility in management principle so as to develop mutually beneficial relationships and sustainable development,” Mr Sou Ieng said. “We believe that business is not only about making profit, but to also care about our planet and people.”

“We take the opportunity today to raise funds to support the daily operations and sustainability of the Kantha Bopha Hospitals that have so far saved hundreds of thousands of Cambodian children’s lives with high-quality medical services,” he said. “Children are our country’s future.”

The first Kantha Bopha hospital, which was founded by the late Dr Beat Richner, was inaugurated in Phnom Penh by former King Norodom Sihanouk in September 1992. The hospital was named after King Sihanouk’s daughter, who died from leukemia.

Dr Richner, who stepped down as director in 2017 due to a serious medical condition, died in September at the age of 71.

Before the death of Dr Richner, Prime Minister Hun Sen in April announced the creation of the Kantha Bopha Foundation to support the hospital’s five facilities in Phnom Penh and the province of Siem Reap.

Seang Sambath, president of the Workers Friendship Union Federation, said on Saturday that he hopes further support can be found for the hospital.

“I was very happy to see some foreign investors here organising this fundraising event to help Kantha Bopha Hospital – it really gives hope to our Cambodian children,” Mr Sambath said. “I hope investors and the general public will continue to participate to help support this hospital – especially by helping sick children from poor communities.”

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