Club supports Cambodian villages

The Nginn Karet Foundation for Cambodia hosted a fundraiser at Round Table Pizza on Foothill Boulevard in La Verne. Thirty-five percent of the kitchen sales went to the foundation. Funds from this event will help build wells for clean drinking water for Cambodian children. Connie Cairns and other employees were called in to help with the special event. / photo by Sergio Sandoval
The Nginn Karet Foundation for Cambodia hosted a fundraiser at Round Table Pizza on Foothill Boulevard in La Verne. Thirty-five percent of the kitchen sales went to the foundation. Funds from this event will help build wells for clean drinking water for Cambodian children. Connie Cairns and other employees were called in to help with the special event. / photo by Sergio Sandoval

Alexandra Lozano
Staff Writer

Students gathered at Round Table Pizza in La Verne in support of the Nginn Karet Foundation for Cambodia on March 15. About 15 people came to the event at around 6 p.m.

Kanaka Hui Ohana sponsored the event.

“The Nginn Karet Foundation for Cambodia exists in order to help village people in Cambodia to secure their basic needs, through a partnership program,” was printed on flyers.

“It helps villages with basic needs like clean drinking water, mosquito nets and farming tools,” Kanaka Hui Ohana President Alain Karet said. “The proceeds from tonight go to that cause.”

Specifically, the organization is working on a music and dance conservatory in Siem Reap, said Karet, a senior television broadcast major.

“We thought it would be fun for people to get together and eat and do what they normally do,” Karet said.

The NKFC was created by Karet’s aunt Ravynn Coxen-Karet and named after his grandfather. The NKFC is headquartered in London and Cambodia.

This is their first fundraising event at the University of La Verne. Similar fundraiser dinners are held in Boston, London, New York, Paris and Cambodia.

“They run programs like this all year round—they have built two other schools, and more than 60 wells for villages with clean drinking water,” Karet said.

The children that will benefit from this fundraising are primary school children.

“We’re trying to get as many people from ULV campus just to get together and have a good time,” Karet said.

“Thirty-five percent of kitchen sales will go the foundation, said Brian Tocts, a junior and 60 percent owner of the La Verne Round Table.

One register was reserved for the event with a sign posted “ULV Fundraiser.”

Many who attended are close friends with Karet.

“I’m friends with Alain,” said Allison Dahlgren, a junior communications major. “I just wanted to help their cause.”

For some participants, the pizza dinner drew them to the event.

Nicollette Johnson, a legal studies major, did not know anything about the event and came because a friend asked her.

“I didn’t see any flyers for the event, but I like pizza,” Johnson said.

Sophomore television broadcast major Christine Moitoso came to support Karet.

“I know it’s something for the Cambodian kids,” Moitoso said. “Alain asked me to come so I came.”

Moitoso told two other friends to come and also passed out flyers previous to the four-hour event.

The Nginn Karet Foundation for Cambodia was founded in 1994. For more information visit www.nkfc.org.

Alexandra Lozano can be reached at himelozano@juno.com.

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