|Posted by Tammy D on September 13, 2011 at 9:10 AM|
The Results are in and our very own, Tammy Durand brought in an astounding $5000 CND as third place winner in the Canesten I Can Achieve contest. The $5000 prize money is now in the ABCs and Rice account and will be put towards the creation of "Full Belly Farm". Full Belly Farm aims to add sustainability to the food and education projects of ABCs and Rice.
Sudbury altruist 'blessed' by work with kids
By LAURA STRICKER, THE SUDBURY STAR
For children in Siem Riem, Cambodia, $15,000 means a lot of rice.
Sixty-eight thousand, seven hundred and fifty pounds of it, to be exact.
Sudbury's Tammy Durand, the founder of ABC's and Rice, hopes to make the money hers. She's been entered in the I Can Achieve contest, which celebrates the achievements of women.
Since 2009, ABC's and Rice has provided educational opportunities and proper meals to poverty-stricken kids in Cambodia.
"(The kids went) from no education whatsoever and little food, and we now are blessed to see 180 smiling faces come to school to learn and play everyday," Durand told The Star in May. "There are no rumbling bellies, no unattended medical issues and the hugs seem to be in limitless supply. I love my life, I truly am blessed."
Durand, who lives in Cambodia full-time, said the feeling she gets from helping kids is hard to explain.
"I feel like I have won the lottery everyday. I am so blessed to have found exactly where I'm meant to be. I wish it was selfless, but we get a lot out of it. More than I could ever express."
Voting in the I Can Achieve contest is open until Sept. 3, and can be done every day. In order to be considered to get the money, Durand needs to make it into the top 10.
To read Durand's story and vote for her, visit www.contests. citytv.com/icanachieve/st ory. aspx? sid=893.
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