A whirlwind trip to Cambodia to collect the book and show it to as many of the NGO projects as possible.
Filled with great anticipation, team members Lee Anderson and Kerryan Griffin showed up to the print house, 3d Publishing, in Phnom Penh to see the book for the first time. They were thrilled with the high standards of printing achieved – no mean feat in Australia – and a fantastic world class result from a small printer in Cambodia.
With the support of Rob Anderson, Kimi Anderson enough books were sent to Monument Bookstore for a launch the following day. About 20 NGOs were represented by the crowd that showed up. Everyone eager to see the stories on their projects finally in print.
After much laughter and congratulations, our team members went to their hotel, happy with the turn out.
Two days later they were in Siem Reap to meet with some 23 other NGOs to show them the book for the first time. The infectious smiles and laughter was again repeated as people included in our book met the others and learned of their work, networking for future contacts and mutual benefits.
All the back breaking work of transporting over 500 books from the printers to different locations in taxis and in luggage paid off in the appreciation of all who received the books.
Each NGO received a collection of free books to give away or to sell and develop a new income stream to raise funds for their projects.
A few days later, the team returned to Australia, lugging enough books to launch it also in Australia.
The verdict: This book exceeds our wildest dreams and is incredibly beautiful.
Many thanks to 3D Publishing in Phnom Penh, Cambodia!