This website updates frequently with upcoming bridge presentations and fundraisers for the Banyan Learning Tree Schools in Cambodia.
Burt Garrell Regional - Rochester (Henrietta), New York
May 1-7, 2017
Our Cambodia fundraiser has now raised over $33,000.00. Patti has just returned from teaching in Rochester where she raised a further $3,446.00 on top of that! Thank you once again from Barbara and me for your amazing generosity. We are very thrilled.
AN UPDATE ON OUR TOP AUCTION ITEM:
Our premier item was the Farmhouse in France owned by Sally Moore. Sally has generously donated a week at this wonderful farmhouse year after year for our auction. It was purchased for $2,500.00 so you can imagine that we are delighted! Sally then offered a second week and that was snatched up: Total: $5,000.00!
Sally has graciously offered that if there is someone out there who would like to buy one more week at the farmhouse (must be used in 2017), she will donate yet another week or even TWO more weeks!! Purchase price would have to be matched at $2,500.00 per week. This will be on a first come, first served basis. The money would go to our Cambodia projects. This very well-equipped Farmhouse is 20 mins from Cognac: 4 hrs from Paris and 1 hr from the best beaches on the Atlantic coast. It is perfect for 5-6 people.
Please contact Patti Lee at or 416-606-0848 if you are interested and a...
Clothing Donated / Delivered!
Lynda Miller donated hundreds of brand new white tops and track pants in all sizes; then Leanne took over this huge supply of clothes and books for us for the schools.
The golf shirts and sweat pants and books were delivered to the Chan Teap School located in Takeo on Saturday, February 6th when they did the bike distribution.
They were most pleased and said to say a big Acun Tran!! (Or however you spell thank you in Khmer).
Canadian Kindness Felt in Faraway Cambodia
Most people in the bridge world know Barbara Seagram as one of the top teachers, a prolific author and an intrepid tour guide. What's not so well known is how far she will go to help her fellow mankind.
About three years ago, Seagram and fellow tour guide Patti Lee discovered a need in Cambodia and went into action.
Today, they and their supporters sustain the operations of four schools in Phnom Penh area, paying for electricity, supplies (including computers) and the salaries of teachers and librarians.
Funds to help run the schools come from the bridge players of Canada.
"We couldn't do it without them," says Lee, a retired IBM accountant executive who took up teaching and directing bridge after leaving the company.
Lee has traveled with Seagram for 20 years, organizing and escorting bridge groups in various parts of the world.
Seagram is gratified at what she and the bridge players of Canada have managed so far but she is realistic: "There's so much that needs to be done." Continued...