Bob Banister was born in Plymouth, England. He graduated in 1972 and joined the Royal Air Force which allowed him to explore the world and see it in a much different way than a tourist. This was his first experience of life for people in the Third World bringing a realization of the fortune of the West.
He moved to the U.S.A. in 1994 and continued to travel the world with his American wife, Sandy who he met while they were both on the same expedition to the rain forest of Guyana. They have continued to travel and both went to Cambodia in November of 2011. While in Cambodia, Bob and Sandy were present at the grand opening ceremony of GLEF’s first school building project at The Ang School in the Battambang province. From there, Bob has continued to support GLEF and the Cambodian-American Community of Oregon (CACO). He served as a GLEF board member from 2013-2015 as well as leading a successful GLEF fundraiser in 2015 for building a play court at GLEF’s second school, Koh Broteal. Construction for the play court began in the spring of 2016.
Bob is delighted and very proud to be a part of GLEF. He looks forward to working to get more and more schools built in Cambodia and elsewhere.