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Patti and Barbara are excited and optimistic about all of these projects and the fundraisers that we do every year. If you are unable to attend one of our fundraisers, but still wish to make a donation, we would be so grateful. Barbara and Patti are an Agency of a charity in Canada; as well, they have formed an alliance with a charity in the USA. As a result, all Canadian and USA donors can receive tax receipts, valid for their own country.

You will receive a tax deductible receipt for any donation of $25 or more.

NOTE: For your convenience, we now have a
special ONLINE link just for donations to our causes
in either Cambodia and/or Laos!

For more info: or

Upcoming Fundraisers

Annual Cambodia Bridge Fundraiser

Postponed Indefinitely

Please see details below.

Cambodia Weaving Centre Scarves

Cost is ONLY $18.00 each! All money raised from this (every dime) goes to the ladies doing the weaving. Scarves are made from natural fibres. Cotton.

Contact Barbara or Patti to get YOURS!

May & June 2020


The response to our Zoom classes has been outstanding. Barbara Seagram held ONLINE ZOOM classes in May and June!

ZOOM Fundraiser for Cambodia

We have now raised over $53,000.00 CAD for Cambodia.
Patti and I are thrilled.

Our campaign continues.
We now have a special link on our website just for donations
in case this is of interest to you.

We have no administrative fees with our programme as all volunteers pay their own air, accommodation and meals so every dime raised goes to the cause.

Thank you to all of you for your outstanding generosity.

Patti & Barbara

June 2020 Cambodia Fundraiser - Postponed Indefinitely

To Our Wonderful Supporters,

We had our 10th Annual Cambodian Fundraiser originally planned for April 17th, then rescheduled to June 5th, and now we have decided to postpone it indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our schools in Cambodia are closed but we are still paying our teachers and our librarians, as well as any fixed costs, such as taxes. It costs us $52,000 to run our schools annually. Scholarships, installation of toilets for villagers, and outreach programs are in addition to this.

As soon as possible, we will run another fundraiser. But due to the uncertainty of when that might occur, we wanted to inform all of you, that the event is cancelled indefinitely.

Patti was there this winter for a month, visiting all of our schools, meeting and working with our teachers, as well as organizing more toilet, water, and sanitation projects.

We are being very vigilant and hope that you are, too. With all of us working together, we will get through this. We will keep you updated on our work in Cambodia.

Thank you all for your amazing support over the last 10 years. None of this would have happened without you.

Patti & Barbara

October 2019

Thanks to Kingston Bridge Centre

Thank you to ALL the attendees @ the Kingston Bridge Centre for their generous donation at Barbara's fundraising seminar (Better Bridge for Better Lives) held October 30, 2019. They raised $6,320! It is wonderful!

Did you know? It costs approximately $50,000 CDN per year (salaries of the teachers and librarians, all of the supplies for the teachers and students, lease payments, electricity, maintenance etc.) to maintain our FIVE schools!

Thank you very much!
Patti Lee and Barbara Seagram

August 2019

Thanks to Mary Miller, Sally Hill and Attendees at the Burt Garrell Regional

Many thanks to Mary Miller and Sally Hill for the space and help at the Burt Garrell Regional Henrietta (Rochester), New York, held August 5-11, 2019.

We sold 30 scarves!!!

A very nice result for a short trip there! It means so much for the women in Cambodia, who wove the scarves. This translates to the fact that if the mothers work, then the kids stay in school!

Thank you very much!
Patti Lee and Barbara Seagram

In Memory of CAROLYN HEYN - June 2019

On Monday May 6th and Tuesday May 7th, Joan Johnson ran two bridge games in honor of Carolyn Heyn, who died earlier this year. These games were in memory of a wonderful bridge teacher, a good friend to many, and an amazing, fantastic lady.

In Memory of CAROLYN HEYN Carolyn loved the charity, that Barbara Seagram and Patti Lee started, to assist the children of Cambodia to get educated and to learn good sanitation habits. It also helps village families by supplying families with toilets, and helping the adults to learn new skills and thereby to get jobs.

Together, Carolyn and Joan had run a fundraiser in May, 2018 to raise money for this charity; at that time, they raised over $12,000USD... a huge amount of money. Knowing Carolyn’s love for the Cambodian projects, Joan suggested that anyone, who wanted to, might contribute to this good cause. And so many people responded with donations. The total is now over $4,200 USD.

Money goes a long way in Cambodia. $4,200 USD represents 1/8 of all the costs to support all 5 schools and over 600 students for a full year OR it means that 7 families will each have a good, safe, private toilet.

As Joan said, “Carolyn will be looking down from heaven with a big smile on her face”.

We will miss Carolyn, but we will honor her memory with these funds. Thank you all so much.

With gratitude
Patti Lee and Barbara Seagram


Cambodia Fundraiser Thank You


Thank You! Thank You! Thank You to Pat and Sally and to all of you, who came out and supported this event. Barbara and I are both so appreciative of your generosity. Cambodia Fundraiser Thank You

The money raised will have a major impact on the lives of the children and families in Cambodia.

Money certainly goes a long way in Cambodia:

$5,000 is 1/7th of the amount of money we need to support all 5 schools and over 600 students for a year (including salaries for 16 people, taxes, leases, hydro costs, and supplies) OR $5,000 would build 8 toilets (separate buildings with extra room for the women to wash themselves. A toilet means that a family has a safe, private facility. Since many families are 3 generational, each toilet is used by 6 - 8 people).


2019 Annual Cambodia Fundraiser

On Friday, May 3rd, we held our Annual Cambodia fundraiser. Patti and I would like to thank all of you for attending our Cambodia fundraiser yesterday. We had a record number of attendees: 172. You were all amazing. The event was a huge success. We raised over $54,000.00 and we're still counting. We are hoping to still reach over $55,000.00. We are still trying to build a war chest so that the schools can continue on for many years after we can no longer do the fundraising.

The silent auction was a great success raising almost $14,000.00.
Thank you to the donors who gave such excellent items for auction.

Thank you to all of you for your enthusiastic bidding on these items! The art auction was a big success! Thank you to our wonderful artists, Ann Katz, Indrani De Silva, Joyce Cram and Ron Katz for their donations and also to Westmount Art Gallery, a wonderful west end art gallery that is always so good to us.

Cambodia Fundraiser Thank You

Thank you to our volunteers:
Enid Roitman who organized the whole silent auction and never stops helping us prepare for the entire event and works tirelessly throughout.

Ann Katz came the day before to set it all up with us and stayed to pack it all up, as did her husband, Ron Katz who did all the heavy lifting for two full days.

Silent Auction Item Listing

Thank you to John Rayner who was the star of the show and gave a superb lecture on Fourth Suit Forcing with quizzes and hands to illustrate.

Two hours of bridge heaven. John has been so generous with his time over the past few years.

John and his lovely wife, Jill Thompson now run Bridge at the Briars. Join them Oct 25-27. See flyer under cruises and trips at It is a wonderful weekend.

Lee Daugharty. Most of you know Lee. What a guy! He loaned us 24 card tables and all the bridge mates and then came and picked them all up on Friday. Lee is the Director at the Briars.

Josee Hammill is our wonderful teacher at our School of Bridge. Josee just won the Audrey Grant Award for teaching excellence. Josee always helps a great deal with all our events.

Stephen Laufer was our director on Friday and did a great job. I always forget to say thank you to my husband, Alex Kornel who is always there for us and helped with directing the game.

Lucia McCurdy sold (& modelled) lots of scarves for us; Susan Trumper, Josee and Indrani sold art auction tickets. Several other volunteers pitched in. You were all fantastic. Forgive us if we have missed your name.


Rain Water Tanks

With thanks to our many US donors and A Vision for Clean Water (AVFCW), our schools will soon have these rainwater tanks to supply fresh drinking water to the students.

This donation will also fund toilet projects in the villages.

We are very grateful for their support.

Our sincere thanks,
Barbara Seagram & Patti Lee


Thank you to the Bridge Players from Elmira, Painted Post, & Horseheads, NY.

As a result of this wonderful donation in July by a small group of ladies (who play bridge weekly), another family will be the happy recipients of their own, private toilet.

This is such a fantastic gift, both for the privacy and security of the girls and women in the family, but also as a major health and sanitation improvement. So many children become sick or die from illnesses due to sanitary issues.

Thank you from both of us and from the children in Cambodia!

Our sincere thanks,
Barbara Seagram & Patti Lee

OVER $12,000 USD RAISED! WOW!!!!

Joan and CarolynA huge thank you to Joan, Carolyn, and the Bridge Players from Palos Verdes Peninsula for their amazing support of our projects in Cambodia. They raised over $12,000 USD. Absolutely wonderful!

Joan & Carolyn and their team (Maria Ashla, Nicole Berte, Robin Hill, and Phyllis Yarnall) organized a bridge bonanza on Thursday, May 17th in Rancho Palos Verdes. They had a bridge lesson in the morning, a delicious lunch, and a duplicate bridge game in the afternoon. Throughout the day, they held a Silent Auction, with many lovely items, donated by local merchants.

Money goes a long way in Cambodia. As an example, the money raised represents enough money to pay all of the salaries, taxes, hydro, supplies, etc for one of our schools for almost two full years, or to supply 20 families with their own private toilet. The whole day was a wonderful success, and the resultant money raised will have a major impact on the lives of the children in Cambodia.

Thank You! Thank You! Thank You to Joan, to Carolyn, to the rest of the organizing committee and to the Bridge Players from Palos Verdes Peninsula, who came out and supported this event. We are so appreciative of all that you have done.

With gratitude,
Barbara Seagram & Patti Lee

OVER $7,500 USD raised!!! WHAT A WONDERFUL DAY!!!

On May 3rd, the Penfield Country Club near Rochester, NY welcomed 100 attendees to a day of bridge. Barbara taught two bridge lessons; Patti made a presentation about our projects in Cambodia; there were lovely breakfast pastries and a wonderful lunch, a fabulous Silent / Chinese Auction combined, and lots of door prizes. The attendees were generous in their support; and many who could not attend also donated. And, the whole event was run by an amazing committee of 6 women, who worked tirelessly for some months leading up to the big day.

As a result, they raised over $7,500 USD!!! Thank you so much to all of the attendees and others for your generous donations. We are very grateful. And a huge thanks to the committee: Pat Smith, Sally Hill, Mary Miller, Susan Rice, Mary Lyke, and Kathy Toole. They handled everything: the promotion of the event, the registrations, the organizing and collecting of the items for the Silent / Chinese Auction, the beautiful presentation of the items, and arranging the site and all of the lovely food.

And on May 3rd, they were there: promoting the Auction, collecting donations and the payments for the Auction, and just generally ensuring that everyone had a wonderful day. Thanks also to Barbara McIver, Judy Newkirk, & Cindy Poole, who helped at registration that day.

Another big thanks to the Sponsors, who donated such amazing things for the Silent / Chinese Auction. Thanks, as well, to the Penfield Country Club. Their staff worked Wednesday evening and Thursday during the day, to ensure that all went smoothly.

Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! to each and every one of you. For those who attended, we hope you enjoyed the day as much as we did.

Yours sincerely,
Barbara Seagram & Patti Lee

Thank You... OVER $52,000 raised! A HUGE THANK YOU to ALL!!!

On April 20th 2018, our annual Cambodian Fundraiser was held at the Trinity Presbyterian Church on Bayview Avenue. There was a lesson from Barbara, a presentation from Patti, lots of door prizes, and many goodies to be bid on in the Silent Auction. And, 160 people came to support our schools and other projects in Cambodia.

They generously donated to our event. Some of them also gave us items for the Silent Auction. And many others, who were not in attendance, either donated money or Silent Auction items or both. (Sponsor Listing)

AND, we raised over $52,000!!!! Thank you so much to all of you. We are very grateful. Thank you also to Alex Kornel, Ron Bishop, and Stephen Laufer, who all gave up their day to be with us and run the bridge game so efficiently and with such aplomb. Thanks to Ann & Ron Katz, Josee Hammill, and Enid Roitman, who were there for the set up on Thursday evening, as well. Thanks to Jane Stephenson for assisting with registration.

And many thanks again to Josee and Enid, who worked tirelessly at the event to ensure all went smoothly, working the registration and organizing the collection of the Silent Auction payments at the end of the day. Enid also prepares all of the slips for the Silent Auction and makes it look so inviting. She is amazing! Without all of this help, we really could not run this event.

So, many thanks to all of the people, that made it happen. And a huge thank you to all of our Sponsors, who donated such amazing things for our Silent Auction. Please see the list of their names on our websites and please support them. They really deserve all of our support.

Thanks, as well, to Trinity Presbyterian Church for allowing us to hold our fundraiser there. The staff worked Thursday evening and Friday during the day, to ensure that all went smoothly. We are so appreciative.

Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! to each and every one of you. For those who attended, we hope you enjoyed the day as much as we did.

Yours sincerely,
Barbara Seagram & Patti Lee

Bridge Limited Edition Lithoprint

This limited edition lithoprint has been created for us by Martin Holt, an artist in Israel. It is made possible by Alan Rickhayzen (a British bridge player living in Germany). Buy one lithoprint for $230.00 CAN including shipping and $50.00 CAN of this will now go our Cambodia School programme.

SIZE: 20" wide by 16" deep. I just purchased one and had it framed. It looks fabulous in my living room. - Barbara. There is tremendous detail in the artwork, all related to the game of bridge, the game we love. Please order. You'll love it! AND you will be supporting Cambodia while you are at it. Go to You will also receive a few greeting cards with the above print on the front.

With thanks from Barbara & Patti.

Cambodia Weaving Centre Scarves

Barbara and Patti now have received a fresh new supply of scarves from Cambodia from our weaving centre there.

When you see us, ask us about these as we always have some with us.

Cost is ONLY $18.00 each. All money raised from this (every dime) goes to the ladies doing the weaving.

Scarves are made from natural fibres. Cotton.

Contact Barbara Seagram or Patti Lee to purchase yours TODAY! They make great gifts!

With thanks from Barbara & Patti.

Selling Cambodian Scarves at the Taste of the Kingsway

Bloor Street West in Etobicoke, between Prince Edward Drive and Montgomery Road, was the site of the Taste of the Kingsway 2017.

This annual street festival is a renowned culinary and entertainment experience. Over 150 exhibitors participated with demonstrations and interactive exhibits ---- international cuisine, continuous live entertainment, and fresh food.

This was a great success as Patti sold 85 scarves!!!! ...with all of the proceeds going back to the women in Cambodia, who made these lovely scarves and who support their families from this work.

Our thanks to Mary Matias and Joe Picariello and all of the staff at Salon Allure for their incredible support over the weekend. And thanks to all of the people, who purchased a scarf. What a wonderful event!!!!

Salon Allure was one of the exhibitors. Salon Allure is a well-known and beloved hair salon and spa in the Kingsway. Mary Matias, owner, gave Patti Lee space in their booth for Patti to sell the beautiful hand-woven scarves from Cambodia.

Our focus is to make sure that our students and villagers have:

Safe Water

Access to safe water, a fundamental human need and a basic human right. In some cases, this may be as simple as teaching them the necessity of boiling water.

Hygiene & Sanitation

Access to health care and education aiding in the prevention and transmission of diseases, including: Handwashing Stations / Toilets / Days for Girls Kits.



Muskoka Fundraiser

North American Bridge Masters Barbara Seagram and Patti Lee came to Muskoka to give their one
of their famed all-day Bridge Seminars. This was a Muskoka First for them! 85 People attended the event,
which raised $4,369, was held at the Gravenhurst Seniors Centre.

Health Presentation

These children are all focused on learning about how to brush your teeth properly.


The students remove their sandals before coming into the library.

Visiting in Cambodia

Barbara was in Cambodia in January 2017 and found time to stop for a picture!

Annual Cambodia Bridge Fundraiser

Always a sellout crowd! The attendees enjoy not only a Silent Auction but also a seminar from Barbara and a Cambodia update given by Patti Lee!


To all of you who supported our Cambodian Schools fundraiser on Friday June 2nd. There were many who were unable to attend but generously donated to our cause anyway.

We are so grateful... Barbara Seagram and Patti Lee

To Lynda Miller who donated hundreds of brand new white tops and track pants in all sizes and to Leanne who brought over this HUGE supply of clothes and books over to the Chan Teap school located in Takeo!

We are so grateful... Barbara Seagram and Patti Lee

To Mary Miller and Sally Hill and all the local teachers at ACBL who helped sponsor our fundraiser! These funds will pay for a teacher for over 1/2 of a year.

We are so grateful... Barbara Seagram and Patti Lee

To Enid Roitman, who is always there to help. She makes the Silent Auction table look so fantastic; she greets the people in the morning; and she handles the collection of the Silent Auction payments at the end of the day. We really could not run this function without her!

We are so grateful... Barbara Seagram and Patti Lee