2017 Cambodia Mission Team Profiles
Randy Mennie – Videographer
Hi! Randy here. I am one of ORC’s videographers/editors. I’ve been with the team since 2013. Cambodia 2017 will be my second mission. As with the India mission in 2015 I am looking forward to being immersed in the unique culture of Cambodia, while capturing the essence of a Canadian medical team teaching Cambodian doctors the specialized skills of plastic surgery.
That’s not something you do every day.
On June 16, Operation Rainbow Canada Director of Media Gary Hanney attended the Vancouver Talmud Torah School’s Ceremony of Giving and accepted a generous donation of $1,000 to ORC.
At the beginning of each school year, students of the Talmud Torah partake in the Mitzvah of Valuing Philanthropy Initiative. The program helps fulfill their B’nei Mitzvah obligation of tikkun olam (repair of the world). Through bake sales, babysitting, car washes and other fundraising efforts the class was able to $25,000 to be distributed to 25 charities of the students’ choice.
Grade 7 students at the school picked a non-profit, to represent and to explain to the class how ‘their’ charity is making a positive contribution to the world. Students Oliver and Yoel did extensive research on various charities, including an in person meeting with ORC Secretary, Gloria Wong, before selecting us as their charity of choice. The boys really like the fact that we are locally based in Vancouver and we have maintained our 100% volunteer status for 18 years.
Thank you, Oliver & Yoel for your enthusiasm and support! We are touched by your generous spirits and we know that the world is a better place with you in it.
From Doreen Lore, Chair of the Mission Planning Committee:
Just want to thank each of the 9 ORC Members who came out to help with inventory: Betty, Cheryl, Dhar, Elaine, Joshua, Karen, Melanie, and Remy.
Many members who join ORC are attracted by our work on missions; but it’s these kind of “unpopular maintenance jobs” that are so necessary and form the backbone of a successful trip.
You gave up 8 hours of a precious Saturday and spent the whole day working hard to move and organize our equipment and supplies. We accomplished quite a bit and have new shelves and are more organized. I feel better knowing we have 4000 drinking cups!
ORC is very fortunate to have such a dedicated group of volunteers.
You are all the strength of ORC! Special thanks to Joshua, who is also the height of ORC!
PS: unfortunately, we still have another day of inventory cleanup left before we can be ready for the India 2016 packing day in October.
Stay tuned for recruitment emails in September.
Our team departed YVR on February 17 at 2:00 am for Phnom Penh.
This mission to the Preah Ketmelea Hospital will be a teaching mission. The team will work with our host, Dr. Nous Sarom, to provide ‘on-the-job’ training to Plastics Residents in Cambodia.
Team members: Doreen Lore, Carolyn Kohlberg, Debbie Nathan, Dr. Kimit Rai, Nikki Williams, Dr. Stephan Malherbe, Cheryl Baldwin.
The Lord Byng Symphony Orchestra, led by Dr. Scott MacLennan, in a beautiful rendition of Symphony No.5 in B Flat Major by Franz Schubert.