Teen takes a Chango to sponsor a child

21 Jan, 2010 03:00 AM

Sweet delight: Connor Erlin serves up a batch of his tasty Chango Bars in the name of charity. Picture: Carlos Furtado

Not many 13-year-olds spend their time whipping up tasty treats in the kitchen, let alone to raise money to sponsor a child.But when Connor Erlin of Yowie Bay discovered that children his own age were struggling to survive in Cambodia, his heart was set to make a difference.

The young philanthropist has been sponsoring a boy his age in Cambodia, since April 2008, through the Karuna Foundation, a charity supporting children in developing communities.

Raising money by selling Chango Bars to the Postbox Cafaacé at Yowie Bay, Connor is kept busy baking two to three batches of the jumbo-size brownies each week.

Connor saw first hand how his $45 a month provided his young friend with basic food, education and shelter when he travelled to Cambodia with his mum in December 2008.

“I spent a day with him and brought him a Cronulla Sharks jersey,” Connor said.

“I had a great experience and we connected so well, even with the language barrier.”

Postbox Café owners Margo and Joel Grove have been inspired by Connor’s efforts and are organising a charity dinner, with all the proceeds going to the children of the Karuna Foundation.

“We are amazed at what Connor is doing to support another boy his age,” Mrs Grove said.

“Joel and I travelled to Cambodia last year and the number of homeless people we saw, just made us want to help.”

Kusine for Karuna will be held at 6pm on Monday, January 25, at Cafaacé 12, Gymea Bay Road, Gymea.

Tickets are available at the Postbox Café or from Café 12.