A Cessnock nurse will travel to Cambodia to help establish a community health centre.
Libby Johns, who works for Justice and Forensic Mental Health Network, was at a work seminar when she heard Sunrise Cambodia CEO Lucy Perry give a talk.
Sunrise Cambodia is a charity which helps at-risk kids, struggling families and disadvantaged communities.
Ms Johns got chatting to Ms Perry who encouraged her to volunteer with the organisation because of her immense nursing experience.
The nurse of 30-years said she thought it was her opportunity to live out a life-long dream.
“Ever since I was a little girl I’d always dreamed of being a missionary,” she said.
“The opportunity has come to me so I’m going to take it.
“This is the nearest I’m going to get.”
Cambodia was not on Ms Johns’s list of places to visit and there is a lot to go through just to get over there including raising $1000, pre-trip inoculations, visas and checks.
But she said she is really excited and that it will all be worth it to help those in need.
Ms Johns will be in Cambodia for three to four weeks in November with a fellow nurse from Sydney.
Having worked at Cessnock Hospital, Allandale Aged Care, Awabakal and 11 years in her current position, Ms Johns said she looks forward to bringing her knowledge to the project.
They will help with establishing what programs to run from the centre including chronic care programs.
“Once we do our bit, hopefully it will be sustainable,” she said.
“There are a lot of the young families over there that need help.
“There are a lot of children on the streets, some are sold as sex slaves.
“The more we can support them, the more it helps.”
Ms Johns is holding a fundraiser at Reading Cinema Maitland on September 17 to support her trip.
The afternoon will involve a screening of Bridget Jones’ Baby at 4pm and a $1000 Aboriginal painting will be auctioned off.
To purchase a ticket call Libby Johns on 0409828542.
Ms Johns wanted to also thank everyone who has helped her with the cause.
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