1st of March, 2023

Dear Friends, Members and Supporters,

We hope this letter finds you and your families safe and well after the festive season.

It is great to see that life has mostly returned to normal in Australia post Covid-19 pandemic, and the economy shows improvement. However, we want to draw your attention to the fact that many difficulties remain for people living in poor areas of rural Vietnam. In this regard, we are once again seeking your kind support for one of our key programs of aid in Vietnam: Provision of recycled bicycles to poor students in the most disadvantaged remote rural areas.

Now in its 12th year, the Recycled Bicycles is our longest running program of work and delivering positive results. The program aims to provide high-quality, recycled bicycles to poor school children in remote areas in rural Vietnam, create employment opportunities for local businesses, and contribute toward environmental sustainability.

These quality restored bicycles contain about 50 percent re-used components, and recipients are mostly 5, 6, 7 and 8 graders in poor, remote communities. The impact of the program has been significant and immediate; our small gifts have been life-changing to school children and their families. In these areas of rural Vietnam, the difficulties in getting to and from school can be the biggest barrier to education and a better future. Out of school hours, these bicycles are also used, enabling families to connect, make essential trips to market, health clinics, cultural and recreational sites, or places of worship.

In addition, we hope through our program community spirit of participation and mutual support will be generated as beneficiaries are encouraged to involve themselves in sustaining recycling activities.

We understand that you may have many commitments, but we want to share with you the impact of this program on the lives of school children in rural Vietnam. Last year with your generous support, we were able to deliver 400 recycled bikes to school children. This year we aim to raise $27,000 in order to provide 500 bikes. Work on recycling is on-going but we hope to have fund support by April 2023.

Your donation is fully tax-deductible in Australia, and Vietnam Foundation is entirely run by volunteers with minimal overhead costs. The donation has been used solely on all of VNF’s charity programs including this recycled bicycle program.

On behalf of children and families we all seek to help, we sincerely thank you for your continuing generous support for this worthwhile program. We hope you will consider supporting us again this year and make a positive impact on the lives of school children in rural Vietnam.

When donating please follow one of the three methods listed below:

Bank transfer:

VNF Vietnam Relief Fund

CBA Bank: 062 334 11559666

(Please provide your full name and email address for receipt)

PayPal:

Click on the link below for no-fee PayPal Giving Fund donation

https://www.paypal.com/au/fundraiser/charity/3607411

Cheque:

Please make cheque payable to “VNF Vietnam Relief Fund” and post to:
Vietnam Foundation, 137 Lancelot St, Blacktown, NSW 2148, Australia.

All donations will be acknowledged, and receipts will be issued for taxation purpose.

Yours gratefully,

Lý Gia Nhẫn

President

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