Women in Travel Retail (WiTR) held its annual meeting at TFWA World Exhibition & Conference on Tuesday 3rd October 2017, as a networking event and to raise money for the 2017 charitable project of Sunrise, a charity operating in Cambodia, to build and further equip classrooms at Sunrise’s Siem Reap Learning Centre. Sunrise Learning Centre 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. These skills empower disadvantaged and vulnerable people to find good jobs in this burgeoning tourist city. “The money that is raised through this event will help children in residential care in Sunrise in Cambodia,” said Geraldine Cox, the founder of Sunrise. “These are children from babies through to 18-year-olds. When they reach 18, one of three things happens to them – they either get a university degree which we pay for their study if they pass grade 12. If they don’t pass grade 12 we give them vocational training or get them a job. Nobody leaves us without a salary or somewhere safe.”
We are pleased to announce WiTR supporters raised a grand total of €19,000 from the raffle, auction and donations. A huge thank you to all that participated in the event!