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Beckenham girl set for Cambodia trip to fight poverty
12:37pm Tuesday 4th February 2014 in News
A BECKENHAM girl is off to the Far East to help fight poverty and hopes to document her experiences on camera.
Daniella Chow, 24, who has worked for her family retail business since graduating, is set to travel to Cambodia next month as part of a government-funded scheme for 18-25 year-olds.
The project, through organisation Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO), looks to tackle hardships in underdeveloped countries and allows young people from the UK who want "to make a real difference and have a positive and lasting impact" spend time overseas in struggling communities.
Miss Chow, of Bromley Grove, said it’s a great cause and added she had to go through a long process to earn a place. She said two weeks volunteering in south east Asia last year inspired her to do more.
"I had to undergo an assessment day and interview at the VSO offices in Kingston. It is a fantastic programme.
"I am so lucky to have been placed on the Cambodian team, which was my first choice. Cambodia is a country which has gone through great unrest and political instability.
"It really will be an experience of a lifetime. I spent two weeks in Cambodia and Laos last year and it was incredible."
Although the trip, which lasts for three months, is paid for by the Department for International Relations, Miss Chow has to raise £1,500 for the charity by February 28.
To try to get the money together she’s planning a number of activities including a fun run, and as of Monday had collected nearly £300 through an online donation page.
The adventurer is also hoping to showcase her photography when she returns to capture her time away while highlighting the problems she saw first-hand.
Miss Chow said: "There is also an 'action at home' element to this scheme and I hope to hold a photography exhibition once I have returned back to the UK, showcasing my work and sharing my experience."
You can donate at: www.justgiving.com/daniellachow
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