Cambodia Vision Magazine

15 July, 2014

The first issue of Cambodia Vision’s Magazine, Foresight was published in March 2014. The objective of the biannual publication is to provide a medium to connect Cambodia Vision to our sponsors, donors and the wider community by informing the organisation’s events and activities. With articles we hope to inspire and touch people to further support the cause to continue to carry out the mission: “The Gift of Sight.”
With special thanks to the extraordinary efforts of Judy Ly and Thida Yang for the initiation and who have worked tirelessly in to the night to have it ready to publish in a very short time frame.
The magazine is available now in digital format and can be downloaded here as a pdf.

Cambodia Vision 2014 Fundraiser Dinner Sydney – Message from Chairperson Mr Ming Ly

15 July, 2014

There was an enormous team spirit at the Cambodia Vision Sydney function on Saturday June 7th held at Iron Chef restaurant, Cabramatta. Over 600 business and community members of diverse cultural backgrounds attended in the presence of Her Excellency Professor The Honorable Dame Marie Bashir AD CVO, Governor of New South Wales and other dignitaries.
The evening raised $84,632.80 after expenses. This is an amazing outcome for Cambodia Vision and the people of Cambodia. On behalf of the team, I wish to thank all special guests including:

  • Her Excellency Professor The Honorable Dame Marie Bashir AD CVO, Governor of New South Wales
  • Captain Sarah Winter
  • Paula Duncan AM, Cambodia Vision Ambassador
  • Chris Hayes MP, Federal Member for Fowler
  • Nick Lalich MP, State Member for Cabramatta
  • Sintia Farah, Miss Lebanon 2014
  • Joe Khoury OAM, Chief Editor of the Future Newspaper
  • Mr Ly, Adviser & major sponsor
  • Mr & Mrs Ngai, Advisers and sponsors
  • Mr Murthai, Adviser & sponsor
  • Members of the Chinese community
  • all international & interstate guests

All of the major sponsors/donors including:

  • The Palace Chinese Restaurant
  • ABC Tissue Products
  • Murthai Food Company
  • China Radio Network,Radio 2CR
  • Rotary Club of Liverpool West
  • Greenway Shopping Centre
  • W & J Global Pty Ltd
  • Prominent Lawyers
  • Yuthea Chan
  • Mr Wang – special guest from Singapore
  • All of the people and businesses who donated raffle and auction items including Thai Airway & Souther Cross Travel, Liverpool Jewellery and Leather Goods, Ming, Vienne, Tung, Mrs Ang, Peter Hewett Optometrists
  • and all of the other donors/supporters
I thank all of the many helpers for the evening especially William, Trish, Paul, Campbell, Judy, Andrea, Kim Sean, Maly, Pharvy, Molika, Yuthea, Ming, Lang, Hocku, Linda, Billy, Lisa, Nhim Keav, Susan, Kuong, Chhong Heng, Tola, members of RAWCS & Rotary Club of Liverpool West and many others for ensuring the smooth running of the evening.Thank you Dr Michael Newman and Dr Peter Wong who spoke very well!
I also wish to thank all of the beautiful performers Annabelle Hom, Kyouko & Ryouko Nagatsuka and their mums Mara Hom and Lisa Nagatsuka; Shabnam Tavokol and Nancy Yousef, and of course Golden Sound Band, Khamlay Kang, Rithya Ngo and Samey Pen.
I also thank the hospitality of Iron Chef Chinese Restaurant.
I also acknowledge David Brown for the DVD, Les Luxford and Kim Seng Taing for their assistance.
Again a big thank you to all.
Cambodia Vision’s Sydney function is also featured in the NSW Governor’s website:
Stay tuned for Cambodia Vision’s Annual Melbourne Fundraiser Dinner in September 2014.
Warm regards,
Ming Ly
Cambodia Vision Chairperson

Her Excellency Professor The Honorable Dame Marie Bashir AD CVO,
Governor of New South Wales


2013 Trip to Kampong Speu Hospital

2 May, 2013

Cambodia Vision’s experienced Surgeons, General Practitioners, Anaesthetists, Pharmacists, Optometrists and Nurses from Australia will be coming to Kampong Speu Referral Hospital again between 20 and 25 October 2013. In 2012, Cambodia Vision
– Assessed 2,800 patients from 18 provinces
– Provided free cataract treatment to 371 patients
– Distributed 1,500 pairs of reading glasses
– Distributed 3,000 pairs of sunglasses
– Distributed 200 T-Shirts
– Distributed 1,000 hearing aids to adults and children and local hospitals and
– Visited 126 HIV/Aids orphans in Preah Kethmealea Hospital and distributed toys and food.
Services provided to eligible patients in 2013 include:
1. Free eye assessments
2. Free cataract treatment
3. Free 1,500 pairs of reading glasses
4. Free 4,000 pairs of sunglasses
5. Free 1,500 hearing aids for both adults and children and
6. Free laser treatment to patients who previously had cataract surgery.
Cataract patients who receive treatment will receive:
1. Free antibiotic eye drops;
2. Free anti-inflammatory eye drops;
3. Free 100 pain tablets;
4. Facial tissues;
5. Eye shield;
6. A pair of sunglasses; and
7. 20,000 Riel to return home after surgery.
Please note: these are only provided for cataract patients receiving treatment. Patients and their carers will also be provided with two free meals a day and accommodation at the hospital while waiting to be treated. Places and supplies are limited, please register early by calling Dr Kak Vathnak at Kampong Speu Referral Hospital on 012 724 309.
It will be a first in first serve basis. Media Contact: Thida Yang

Jog Out of Fog

1 May, 2013

Congratulations to Damian King who has toughed the elements, painful blisters and dangerous roads shared with semi-trailers to successfully arrive in Sydney after 17 gruelling days on the road.  Damian, through his vision for Jog out of Fog has raised over $50,000 for Cambodia Vision which is an incredible feat.  What an inspiring man and an incredible journey.
Jog out of Fog Background
Although the Cambodia Vision’s team are all volunteers and pay for their own flights, accommodation and meals, there are many items required to carry out cataract surgery with substantial costs attached. During surgery a cataract is removed from the patient’s eye and replaced with a clear lens. The cataract sufferer can only see a white fog through their milky lens. Once this is removed and replaced, vision is restored. It is from this process we got the name of Damian’s endeavour; JOG OUT OF FOG.
Damian was inspired by his friend, Will Robertson who he has been great mates with for almost 40 years. Will travelled to Cambodia last year and worked with a group of Australian eye doctors and his story of both the elation and sadness he experienced whilst working with the underprivileged was impossible to ignore. It made Damian feel that if he had the necessary skills to travel to Cambodia and carry out this great work, he would. So he asked myself, “What can I do?”  At this point JOG OUT OF FOG was conceived.
Although this run will not be easy, it will allow Damian to personally feel the same isolation, pain and loneliness that these people experience day in and day out. Let’s not forget, this challenge is an option for him, where as the people of Cambodia have no choice!
You can help make this a marathon in more than one way, by not only supporting with your donation, but also by telling someone you think may wish to help the cause. ‘Like’ the official Jog Out of Fog Facebook page and donate directly there by clicking on the green Donate button:
jog out of fog logo
Damian photo