Merry Christmas!

We had our Christmas Party at Tiny Toones on Friday December 23rd.  All the kids had a great time and they all got a present from Santa as well. He even had time to show us a few of his dance moves, considering the heat and his big red suit he did a great job! As well as Santa, we had some live music, DJ’ing, dancing, games and a meal for the kids. Check out our photos of the day.

Thanks to everyone that donated their time to help us on the day and also for the presents, we had a great collection this year and the kids went home very happy and full of festive cheer.

Merry Christmas from all of us at Tiny Toones!

Thank You to David Choe

Here at Tiny Toones we want to say a huge thank you to renowned street artist David Choe for all of his support.

Over the last year David has supported us financially through his foundation but has also visited our centre here in Chbar Ampov.  Whilst here, David took the time to paint an incredible piece of art in our courtyard for our Tiny Toones kids and staff to enjoy.  As you can see from the photo, we all love it and are very grateful for the contribution, thank you David, you are welcome back anytime!

From Battle Break and Bake to Kinabalu Summit

On April 3rd, I started my climb to scale the dizzy heights of Mount Kinabalu in Borneo. Armed with my backpack, lots of water, my Guide Arnold and positive spirits I began my ascent at 9.15am.

It took six hours to get to the half way point, Laban Rata, where we spent the next few hours trying to get as much sleep as possible before the rising at 1.30am the following morning to make the arduous climb to the summit of the mountain. I arrived at Laban Rata in great spirits, excited for some tasty sustenance and a good night’s rest. The views were spectacular and the breeze was a welcome relief from the exhausting climb.

Waking up at 1.30am was not easy, especially after only 6 hours sleep but I was excited to get to the summit. So armed with a small breakfast, my head torch and my camera, we started on the 2.6km hike up to the summit. The scariest part for me was using the ropes to climb up some sheer rock faces with just the light of the head torch to guide me! Luckily my guide was encouraging and helpful and eventually, we made it to the summit just as the sun was rising. The sight was spectacular, and the climb had been worth it!

As a Drama teacher and an educator myself, nothing inspires me more than people who give up their time, commitment and passion to help build a more confident, supported youth of tomorrow, particularly for those who may not otherwise lead such a promising future.

When I first thought of this crazy idea, I decided that to justify this sheer (excuse the pun) craziness, I would raise money for ‘Tiny Toones’, a Global Concern I currently support through my school, along with a bunch of awesome Middle schoolers!

Do you have a crazy idea on how to fundraise for Tiny Toones? Shoot us an email, we want to hear it!

Tiny Toones European Tour

Tiny Toones are about to embark on their first European tour taking in an international battle in Denmark, a meeting with the Cambodian community in Norway and an international festival in the Netherlands. Three Tiny Toones dancers will compete in Europe’s ‘Floorwars,’  a 3 vs 3 breakdance / bboying battle in Denmark against crews from all over the world. Tiny Toones has been invited by the event coordinators Breakpoint.

From there our dancers will go on to meet the Norwegian-Cambodian Friendship Society in Kristiansand before heading to the Netherlands where they will be joined by five more ‘Tiny Toones’ and take part in the International Community Arts Festival.

Tiny Toones has been invited to run a workshop and put on a dramatic performance. We’re honoured to be invited to such a prestigious event and our special thanks go to the Prince Claus fund for helping us get there.

We’re celebrating by throwing a major going away party at Code Red in Phnom Penh on 7 March. We’ll be premiering the 30 minute dance show that is already one of the most anticipated shows at the ICAF. We’re also lining up a bunch of special guests and we hope as many people as possible come down to party in style and support some of Cambodia’s vulnerable young people at the same time.

Tiny Toones Teacher Stories

“I used to hate my life, my family and myself before I found Tiny Toones” – Voch (22), Tiny Toones music teacher and producer

Homie, Diamond and Voch are three Tiny Toones teachers. Each hails from a different but similarly disadvantaged background and each started out as students at Tiny Toones. Diamond became Cambodia’s first B-girl, Homie has become one of the strongest dancers and leaders at the centre and Voch is a talented and creative music producer (responsible for all the beats on Tiny Toones’ Anakut album).

Now they are inspiring and educating the next generation at Tiny Toones. For us to be able to support them, we need your help. You can see each of them talk about what Tiny Toones means to them in our video collection.

“I am so grateful to have been shown the right direction. Honestly, if it wasn’t for Tiny Toones, I would still be doing bad things or be in prison” – Homie (22), Tiny Toones Teacher

To support Tiny Toones please visit our Global Giving page.

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