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Plant sale will help Cambodian schoolchildren get to school

PUBLISHED: 13:41 11 May 2018 | UPDATED: 14:14 11 May 2018

Cambodian schoolgirl Chat walks two hours to school and two hours back every day. Picture: SUPPLIED BY KATIE MAIDMENT

Cambodian schoolgirl Chat walks two hours to school and two hours back every day. Picture: SUPPLIED BY KATIE MAIDMENT

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Shrubs, herbs, perennials and bedding plants will go on sale in North Walsham to raise money to buy bicycles for children in Cambodia.

Cambodian schoolchildren on a bicycle. Picture: SUPPLIED BY KATIE MAIDMENTCambodian schoolchildren on a bicycle. Picture: SUPPLIED BY KATIE MAIDMENT

The Support Cambodia charity is having its 7th annual plant sale at Sacred Heart Hall in Norwich Road on Saturday, May 19, 9am-1pm.

Katie Maidment, trustee, said of the Cambodian people: “They don’t want charity, but we are doing this to give them a helping hand. Many families simply cannot afford to buy sturdy bikes, suitable for the rough terrain.”

She said many pupils, including one 12-year-old called Chat, walked two hours to school and back every day.

The charity hopes to raise the £800 needed for 20 bikes.

The event will have a royal theme, to coincide with the royal wedding, which will be shown on TV at the hall.

There will also be a cafe and stalls selling Cambodian crafts, bakes and cakes, produce.

JB Postle and Son are sponsors, and other local businesses have donated plants. For more information, visit the charity’s website at www.supportcambodia.org.uk or find them on Facebook.

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