In an effort to mobilise financial support for the operating costs of the Angkor Hospital for Children (AHC) in Siem Reap town and province, the Cambodian Cyclist Federation (CCF) will hold a fund-raising race from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap on June 1. 

CCF secretary-general Nou Chamroeun explained in a recent press release that the CCF has accepted 300 cyclists, with each of the participants paying $25. 

Each of the cyclists will receive a t-shirt and medals as mementos of their contribution to an excellent cause.

“A portion of the funds raised from all riders will be utilised to support the preparation of the event, while the remainder will benefit the children’s hospital,” explained Chamroeun.

The event will not only support the hospital, but also promote the “Visit Siem Reap 2024” campaign, designed to highlight the province as one of the Kingdom’s top tourist destinations.

The hospital itself will organise a June 9 fundraising event.

Ngoun Chanpheaktra, CEO and Hospital Director, told The Post that the hospital requires around $6 million for its annual operating costs. He explained that 70 per cent of the funding comes from overseas donations, while the remainder is raised within the Kingdom.

“In an average year, the hospital treats around 100,000 children. Each day, between 300 and 400 kids receive check-ups or treatment,” he said.

Cambodia is moving towards the provision of universal health coverage, with the government describing it as a fundamental component of improving people’s lives and well-being. 

Improved public health services have been introduced at the local level in many communities, however the Kingdom’s two major children’s medical facilities, the AHC and Kantha Bopha, still play pivotal roles, according to observers.