PHNOM PENH, Nov. 1 (Khmer Times) – In a show of solidarity, local charity Youth Development Program (YDP) raised almost $3,000 through their “Shine of Hope” charity concert on Saturday afternoon.
The charity concert was organized to raise funds for stationery and other necessary items for disadvantaged children in Siem Reap and Battambang province.
“YDP plans to divide the funds into two parts. 75 percent of the money raised will go to build a library for poor kids in the O Chrey Primary School in Battambang province. The remainder will go to kids in the Countryside Children Organization in Siem Reap province,” said Bun Penghuy, president and founder of YDP.
“We believe that those children have the right to receive a proper and equal education,” he added.
The 4-hour concert was held at the Cambodia-Korea Cooperation Center (CKCC) on Russian Boulevard, before an audience of more than 700 people.
The concert featured well-known young artists, who volunteered to perform at the concert, including: Nikki Nikki, Sophie Sin, Jimmy Kiss and many more. Most of them are students from the Institute of Foreign Languages.
“The success story of this charity concert will serve as the motivation for them to continue raising fund to help other kids and students in need,” said Mr. Penghuy.
“It is also motivating to those kids because they feel that they are not left behind. At least, [they know] there is a group of youth working so hard to help them,” he said, adding that these examples serve as a role model to the next generation to adopt the culture of sharing and solidarity.