Tuesday, 29 April 2008

Cuts help fill Team Cambodia coffers

By Kevin Mertz
JUST A LITTLE OFF THE TOP — Tish Husdon of A Cut Above clips the hair of Brent Mosser, 9, of Milton, during a cut-a-thon, held Sunday afternoon in the Lewisburg salon. All proceeds from the day were donated to Team Cambodia, a Milton Area High School student-based organization raising funds to build a school in Cambodia.

By Kevin Mertz
Mon Apr 28, 2008

LEWISBURG — A Cut Above, Lewisburg, joined forces with the Milton Area High School’s Team Cambodia Sunday to sponsor a marathon of snips and trims.

Employees of the business clipped and styled customers hair all afternoon, with proceeds going to the club.

Team Cambodia is raising money to build a secondary school in the poverty-stricken nation. The school will be named The Milton School in Cambodia.

Georgette Kerstetter, A Cut Above owner, said all six of her hairstylists volunteered their time to participate in the fundraiser.

“We had been looking for something to get involved with; this was the right thing at the right time,” Kerstetter said.

She noted she was particularly struck after learning from project coordinator Mike Conn that some Cambodians don’t have a source of fresh water. One of the aims of the project is to drill a well at the school.

“Every carbon-based lifeform needs water,” Kerstetter said.

She added she’d like to do additional fundraisers with Team Cambodia in the future.

Conn said he was thrilled when Kerstetter decided to become involved with the project.

“Georgette is a very compassionate person,” he said.

In addition to people stopping by for a haircut, Conn noted a number of people came to the beauty shop Sunday just to make a donation.“I’m very proud of the whole Milton community, especially the Milton Area School District,” he said.Conn noted Team Cambodia hopes to raise at least $30,000 to build the school. He said the organization recently passed the $25,000 mark.Team Cambodia has several upcoming fundraisers which should push the effort closer to its goal.

Students will be at Wal-Mart collecting donations May 4 and May 18.

Team Cambodia is also sponsoring a concert, slated for Friday, May 9, at Milton Area High School’s Alumni Field.

Conn said he already has four bands scheduled to perform, headlined by the popular local group Milltown Blues.

Concert tickets are available for a $5 donation. For ticket information, e-mail Conn at mconn@miltonsd.org or call the school at 742-7611.

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