Chris Buenen and John Batley are among a group of local musicians who have made a CD to raise money for an orphanage in Cambodia. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin
Chris Buenen and John Batley are among a group of local musicians who have made a CD to raise money for an orphanage in Cambodia. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin Chris Ison

CD raises money for orphanage

A TRIP to Cambodia in 2002 changed John Batley's perspective on life.

The 36-year-old headed overseas with a church group to visit children at the Kampong Cham orphanage, which rescues children who've been abandoned or lost their families from disease and accidents.

John spent a few weeks at the orphanage and says said you "come back from that sort of thing changed".

"I think you tend to take a lot for granted growing up in Australia, you don't realise how lucky you've got it," John said.

"We make a big deal out of having the latest shoes or whatever and (the orphans) just want a school uniform or something to eat."

John, a local musician, decided to put his skills to use and record a CD, The Cloudland Project, with the proceeds going straight to the orphanage.

John, who plays the guitar, banjo, mandolin and harmonica, received help from his mate Chris Buenen, Stephen Linnane, Josh Payne and Rodney Rawriri for everything from vocals, to playing instruments and producing the CD.

The CD features original songs by John and his friends, with a cover of Amazing Grace.

John is hoping money from the CD will benefit the children in the orphanage, and he's hoping to take his family to Cambodia for another visit in the future. Head to johnbatley.com/ for more information on the project.    

THE CLOUDLAND PROJECT

- A CD recorded to raise money for an orphanage in Cambodia.

- The CD is available at Haymans Electrical, Rockhampton for $10.

- Every dollar goes to the Kampong Cham orphanage.

- Visit johnbatley.com/ for more information.  



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