Volunteer story by Korb Sao

May 19, 2021

Korb Sao

Volunteer of the Month, May 2021

About Korb
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!

We are here to answer your queries and support you. Call or chat with us online.
LiverWELL acknowledges the support of the Victorian Government.
We welcome people from all cultures, nationalities and religions. Being inclusive and providing equitable services is our commitment.

ABN 48 656 812 701

We acknowledge the traditional owners of the lands where we work - the lands of the Woi-Wurrung Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nations. We express our gratitude to them for their continued care and curation of these lands and waters. We pay our respects to Elders past and present.

LiverWELL observes and honours the Kulin Nation's intrinsic connection to land, sky and water, and the creator Bunjil. LiverWELL is committed to being led and informed by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders on bridging health outcomes for communities and improving liver health.