November 2nd, 2016
My dear friend Mike Matsushita was a tour guide in Indochina for Intrepid Travel. He travelled and became passionate about the people and children in Vietnam and Cambodia in particular, taking tours to a variety of orphanages in Indo China.
Mike was tragically killed in the 2005 London Bombings. Mike went missing for at least a week and during this time of uncertainty, I set up a website to keep his family and friends in touch.
Mike was eventually identified as one of the victims of this tragic act of brutality and his website became a crucial memorial website where people from all around the world came to grieve and share their loss.
Together with the Intrepid Foundation, we established a fund where people could donate to help the children Mike so loved in Indo China. In that first 3 months we raised $80K which was distributed to 5 charities in Indochina.
Sue chooses to support a handful of dedicated organisations helping disadvantaged children and communities in Cambodia
She was one of those active, overachieving sponsors and supporters who, over the years, held numerous fundraising campaigns, encouraging friends, family, clients, to support this community of people in Cambodia.
Sue also sponsored two delightful young ladies, and has watched them blossom from children with challenges – to young adults with fire and spirit! Predictably, many other kidlets have become special little treasures to “mum Sue”.
These experiences and stories are detailed in her memoir, Accidental Aid Worker.