Volunteer of the Month, May 2021
I am a founder of SK (Somleng Khmer) Media Inc. (including SK Health Time) that has 104,488 likes and 148,671 followers. I am a Cambodian refugee who came to Australia in mid-1983 after spending about four years in a refugee camp in Thailand from 1979 to 1983. I started a volunteer job in relation to public health for a few years when I was at this refugee camp.
Going through my horrible life in Cambodia and my knowledge of social injustices in Cambodia motivated me to do something to give back to society.
I established SK Media Inc. around 2015-16 with the aim to provide information to Cambodian people around the world, especially in Cambodia.
My experience of stroke in 2017 dawned on me that I needed to do something to educate Cambodian people about this issue and other health problems, so I created the SK Health Time Facebook page that year.
What inspired you to become a LiverWELL volunteer?
I started to engage in some volunteer activities with Hepatitis Victoria (now known as LiverWELL) when I was encouraged by another LiverWELL volunteer (Mr Sambath My) in 2019.
Participating in LiverWELL’s activities is consistent with my value of social justice and aim of establishing SK Health Time. I have observed that many Khmer people have Hepatitis B, so engaging in these activities can increase awareness about Hepatitis B within the Cambodian community in Australia and Cambodia.
I have educated my friends about Hepatitis B to encourage them to get a blood test and vaccinated.
Please describe one of your favorite Hepatitis Victoria moments.
I love producing videos to educate the community about Hepatitis B, and I hope that LiverWELL will keep producing more videos including animations to raise awareness about Hepatitis B within the Cambodian community.
What tips do you have for new volunteers?
Keeping up the volunteer work to help our community!