In July 2016 a small group of Roncalli College students embarked on a social justice trip to Vietnam and Cambodia. The idea was to give back something to the communities and charities they visited, including funding and building eight houses for the rural poor in Cambodia. Senior reporter Stu Piddington was one of the three parents who travelled with the group and he gives an insight to what happened.
It is always easy to tell young people they might make a difference, but for 15 Roncalli girls they certainly left their mark after 20 days away, especially among the poor in Cambodia.
In 30-plus degrees Celsius the girls toiled away nailing floors and iron on the eight houses they had funded to build, in a village that had never before experienced homes anything like it.
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