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By MICHELLE THOMAS
PLANNING a holiday in Bali?
Basin View's Rochelle Ryan has a
suggestion for your itinerary.
"The Jodie O'Shea Orphanage love
people who are going to Bali for a
holiday to drop in," she says. "You just
give them a call and you can visit.You
can bring a donation or help out in
some other way."
This is exactly what Rochelle did when
she visited Bali for a friend's birthday
earlier this year. Motivated by a
UNICEF mailout, she started looking
around for a way to make her holiday
benefit more than just herself. She
stumbled across the Jodie O'Shea
Orphanage in Denpasar, set up to
honour an Australian woman killed in
the Bali bombings, and immediately
The orphanage, which survives
entirely on donations, cares for 56
children ranging from three-years-old to
Just from asking a few local businesses
to collect spare change for the cause,
Rochelle ended up with $1300 to take
over for the kids. The money paid for
clothing, baby bottles and toys, and on
arrival at the orphanage, Rochelle went
shopping with some of the older
children, purchasing basics like food
Rochelle found her experience
"ridiculously emotional", with the
resilience and positive outlook of the
children having a big impact on her.
"They are so happy -- that's what made
me cry," she says. "Children here in
Australia have everything and can still
be brats. I will take my own children
back there just to show them."
She describes her experience as life
changing. "Once you've seen it, you
cannot help but stay involved.You don't
have to give a million dollars, but if
seeing this story makes anyone want to
do anything, or if they want more
information please contact me."
Rochelle is planning further
fundraisers for the orphanage, and will
continue to accept donations on their
Her email address is
Orphans enjoy toys bought with
funds raised in Nowra.
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