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YMCA Cambodia - Bernard Downey Memorial Fund

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Help Support the Cambodian YMCA, and its work with Kids which Bernard was a huge influence with establishing, and supporting since 1999.

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  Nelson / Tasman

It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the passing of Bernard Downey, one of the founding fathers of the modern YMCA Nelson, as we know it today. He was instrumental in establishing our Y Kids local Early Childhood Centre.

Bernard gave so much to the YMCA at a local, national and international level and asked for little in return. He embodied the “Spirit” of the YMCA.

One of his huge commitments, with the support of Rosemary, was to help establish the Cambodian YMCA which he supported through the Asia Pacific Alliance YMCA, PSG committee. His wish for the future was to see this project continue and all donations received to the YMCA Nelson “Give a little” page will go towards continuing that work he started and engrossed himself in, developing programmes in the slums of Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. The Cambodian YMCA is involved in Early Childhood and School education, Youth Development work with disadvantaged youth, Alternative Education where volunteers devote time to help in their communities build, enhancement programmes as well as an aged care programme.

These programmes give young people in Cambodia a chance to escape the desperate life they are born in to by giving them an education to escape the poverty trap.

Cambodian YMCA Vision: Strong Kids, Strong Youth, Strong Families and thriving for sustainable Communities in Cambodia.

About us

We have a proud tradition of working with our local community for 150 years, to deliver our vision of "Strong Kids, Strong Families, Strong Communities" through a range of programmes and activities.

We want to help build a better place to live by supporting people in the Nelson/Tasman community.

Our YMCA is built on a strong vision, our core values of: Responsibility, Respect, Caring and Honesty.

Use of funds

Funds towards developing and funding programmes in the slums of Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, Cambodia. Early Childhood, Education, Youth Development for disadvantaged youth, Alternative Education and Aged care.

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Further support for YMCA Cambodia  24 October 2019

In Memory of Bernard Downey who sadly passed away earlier this year, we wish to extend this page to help raise further funds to support the Cambodian YMCA.

We thank everyone who has contributed to such a great cause Bernard held close to his heart.

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  • Guest Donor

    Guest Donor on 11 Nov 2019


    In memory of Uncle Bernie, with love.


  • Fox point friends

    Fox point friends on 31 Aug 2019



  • Ged Downey

    Ged Downey on 09 May 2019



  • P L Law

    P L Law on 06 May 2019



  • Kiddey/Tyson family

    Kiddey/Tyson family on 20 Apr 2019


    In fondest memory of a truly good man.


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