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PLC Sydney Alumni Working Hard to Help End World Poverty

PLC Sydney Alumni Anne Schroers (née Teo) left PLC Sydney in 1974. After completing a B.Sc. Dip Ed at Sydney University majoring in Pure Mathematics and Statistics, she taught High School Mathematics at Cremorne Girls and Hurstville Boys for 10 years as well as tutoring Maths privately for over 35 years.

In 2014, Anne and her husband, Ralf, started the charity MICROLEND AUSTRALIA with a vision to help end world poverty. The charity is unique in that 100% of donations go towards the microfinance projects because the foundation absorbs all administration costs as all their workers are volunteers.


camera-icon Anne Schroers (Class of 1974) with her daughters, Alice, Jade and Rachel, also PLC Sydney Alumni and following in their mother’s footsteps being actively involved in helping their local communities.

Microfinance helps people who earn less than $2.50/day by giving them a small loan to create a profitable business, meaning they no longer need to depend on donations. When the loan is repaid, the money is used to finance another business - this is what makes the charity empowering and self-perpetuating.  

Anne said, 'We make no profit from Microfinance and do not charge interest (only a small management fee to pay the overseas Microfinance Coordinator). To date, we have provided assistance to people in Mongolia, Uganda, Kenya, Zimbabwe, India, Cambodia, Papua New Guinea, Pakistan and the Philippines.'

Being a small charity with no corporate sponsorship, Microfinance exists on the generosity of individuals and other organisations. If you are interested in helping Anne's charity, they are holding a fundraiser Dinner and Dance for Cambodia, details below.

EVENT: Dinner and Dance for Cambodia. Guests speakers include Senator Paul Green and Dr Charlie Teo. 
DATE: Saturday 10 March 2018
TIME: 6.00 pm
TICKETS: $95 and all funds raised go to Microlend's Cambodian projects. All donations and gifts to Microlend Australia fully tax deductible.
RSVP/CONTACT: For more info or to RSVP please contact Annie: 0432 612 169, Kathy: 0419 415 313 or Elsa:

For more about Microlend Australia Ltd please visit their website: