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Crows Nest, NSW, 2065

+612 9437 0277

Friends of Sala Bai is a Not-For-Profit organisation founded by Hospitality professionals in Australia dedicated to raising funds to support Sala Bai: A vocational hotel school in Siam Reap, Cambodia.

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It's time for a Sala Bai update!

Claudie Pal

Dear Friends,

As always thank you for your amazing contribution and support of Friends of Sala Baï. Thanks to our Annual Wine Auction and the tireless efforts of our Blue Mountains' friends, we have been able to fufill our annual pledge of USD $60,000, which plays an integral part in the operational costs of the school.

Here are some exciting upcoming projects to look forward to in 2017:


Brand New Accommodation for Students!

This year saw the opening of a brand new school for Sala Baï. Friends of Sala Baï was well represented by an extensive number of supporters who travelled all the way from Australia to Siem Reap for the official event. This year, led by Sala Baï's new director, we will be working hard to raise funds for new accommodation for students which will allow the school to expand to their goal of 150 students annually

Cambodian Journeys: An Exciting New Project!

At our Annual Wine Auction in November we hope to launch our new book Cambodian Journeys which we will use to raise more money for the school. Written by Helen Morgan-Harris and featuring photographs by Rod Andrewartha, Cambodian Journeys will be a beautiful window into the lives of students and staff at Sala Baï. If you are interested in helping to sponsor this project, please get in touch with us at or (02) 9437 0277.

For more updates, please also check out Sala Baï's newsletter, attached below!

Once again we would like to thank you for your continued support of FOSBA and Sala Baï and we hope to see you all soon!


In friendship,

Suzanne Stanton, Fritz Gubler, Max Player, Gavin Faull and Maurice Cooper
The Consuls of Friends of Sala Baï (FOSBA)

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Contact us at: or call 02 9437 0277.

We hope to hear from you!

Friends of Sala Bai's Annual Party & Wine Auction - 6:30pm, Wednesday, 23rd November 2016

Claudie Pal

Dear Friends,

It's that time of the year again where we invite you to join us at our annual party and famous wine auction to raise funds for Sala Baï: a hotel school in Siem Reap, Cambodia, that provides a year's worth of free hotel training to 100 underprivileged Cambodian teenagers.

After 2015's resounding success, we are returning to The Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, this time with a distinctly beachside flair!
This year’s theme is ‘A Caribbean Celebration’, so prepare for summer fun!

As always, we'll have an exciting range of wines for you to bid on: reds, whites, champagne, merlot, chardonnay, sauvignon blancs and more. This is the perfect opportunity to stock up on unique wines for the Christmas season at great prices, and support a great cause!

When: 6:00pm for a 6:30pm start, Wednesday, 23rd November 2016
Where: The Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, 33 Peel St, Kirribilli NSW 2061
Price: $125 per person (This includes a two course meal with wine and drinks)
Dress Code: Summer/Caribbean

Please note that the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron has a strict dress code -
jeans and sneakers are not permitted.

To RSVP, please phone or email Claudette at 02 9437 0277
or by Friday 11th November 2016.

On behalf of Friends of Sala Baï we would like to thank once you again for your continuing support. Thanks to your help, as well as the tireless efforts of our Blue Mountains friends and the students and staff of the Blue Mountains International Hotel Management school we have raised almost a million dollars for Sala Baï over the past decade. This year will mark the 12th year of this event, and we hope that you will join us to celebrate.

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A New School!

Claudie Pal

Dear Friends,

With your help, Sala Baï achieved a great milestone when students moved into their brand-new school, situated in Wat Svay - Tonle Sap road. This move is most significant because the new premises—custom built for the school on land that Agir Pour Le Cambodge now owns—will allow Sala Baï to increase its intake from 100 to 150 students a year. Both the new school and the increase in student numbers are crucial developments for Sala Baï’s continuing success.

As consul Fritz Gubler explains, “Just because Sala Baï is a charity, does not mean that Sala Baï should have third-class facilities or training.” Many of Sala Baï’s graduates have found jobs in 5-star establishments across Cambodia, so having modern, up-to-date facilities will make the transition from school to employment much easier for Sala Baï 's future students.

On 27th February 2016, Sala Baï hosted the official opening ceremony for the new school. The inauguration was attended by several prominent guests, including the Minister of Labour and Vocational Training, the Deputy Governor of Siem Reap, the French Ambassador to Kingdom of Cambodia and Michelin chefs Régis Marcon and Patrick Jeffroy. Friends of Sala Baï were well-represented, with 30 members having travelled all the way from Sydney and the Blue Mountains to attend. With their orange name tags, they could be easily spotted in the crowd of well-wishers! The Friends of Sala Baï also presented their Brick-by-Brick wall of donors, which has raised an extra $15,000 for the school, along with its annual pledge of US$60,000.

In her speech at the school's opening ceremony, Emmanuelle Dethomas (President of Agir Pour Le Cambodge) outlined the significant achievements of the school, which include 100% employment success for all 1300 students who have graduated from Sala Baï over the past 13 years. Her speech also noted future goals and challenges for Sala Baï. These include building new dormitories for the school, strengthening Alumni networks and adapting the Sala Baï program to ASEAN standards. Despite these new challenges, the transformative power of Sala Baï is profound. As Chout Minh—a 12th intake graduate who now supports his seven siblings thanks to his job at Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort—writes to future graduates of Sala Baï: “be patient, and if you work hard, then the most beautiful things can happen.”

Once again we would like to thank for you for your support last year, and we hope to see you at our future events!

In friendship,

Suzanne Stanton, Fritz Gubler, Max Player and Gavin Faull
The Consuls of Sala Baï