Women in Travel Retail is working with Sunrise, a charity operating in Cambodia, to raise €15,000 to build and equip two classrooms at Sunrise’s Siem Reap Learning Centre.

The fundraiser is part of WiTR’s annual TFWA World Exhibition meeting which will take place on Tuesday Oct. 4 (1730-1900) on level 1 , near the Business Centre and Hotels Desk at the Palais des Festivals. It’s a great opportunity for women in the duty free and travel retail industry to exchange news, views and experiences – all women in the duty free and travel retail industry are welcome to come along.

Fundraising has already started with commitments from industry colleagues of auction and raffle prizes for the grand draw. Donations are gladly accepted and may be dropped off at the Furla stand, Bay Village Bay 2 by 3 p.m. on Tuesday. Many of the dynamic Women in Travel Retail will be inviting exhibitors and visitors to participate by entering the draw to win fabulous prizes. Each business card entry raises €10 towards the project (three entries for €20).

Sunrise Learning Center opens the door to the poorest sectors of the community by providing them with the opportunity of gaining the valuable skill of learning a foreign language. Poor children are given free classes in English. These skills empower disadvantaged and vulnerable people to find good jobs in this burgeoning tourist city.

This project was nominated by WiTR member Erin Lillis-Arrowsmith who takes a personal interest in the home and the children. She says, “I have been to Siem Reap many times and seen the amazing work that the Learning Centre does, but they desperately need more classrooms and equipment to meet the demand. Learning English is so important to help these children to break the cycle of poverty and to give them a future.”

For more information, please contact any of the following:

Sarah Branquinho – [email protected]
Gerry Munday – [email protected]
Catherine Bonelli – [email protected]
Amanda Felix – [email protected]
Lois Pasternak – [email protected]
Tina Tam – [email protected]
Marissa Phanivong – [email protected]