8th of October, 2021
Dear friends, members and supporters,
Update on VNF Vietnam Covid-19 Relief Appeal
It has been a tough time for every one of us. We hope that you and your families are safe and well during the pandemic.
Thank you very much for your swift and very generous support for our recent Vietnam Covid-19 Appeal. We are deeply touched by the overwhelming response of so many generous friends and donors from Australia and abroad, many of whom we have never met or known.
As at the time of this letter, we have received $49,679 from 115 donors as direct responses to our Vietnam Covid-19 Relief Appeal.
In addition to the above heart-warming result, we have also received contributions from the following Facebook Covid-19 Fundraisers:
– Concert For Saigon Covid FB Fundraiser by Ann Phan, her talented children and their friends: $5,832 from 47 donors.
– Young supporter Mai Ngọc Châu’s (USA) Birthday Covid Fundraiser for VNF: $387.
– Our own VNF FB Fundraiser: $7,544 from 61 donors.
This makes a total of $63,422 so far for our Vietnam Covid-19 Appeal, a fantastic result.
We have sent your donations in 4 separate transfers to our two major charity partners in Vietnamfor their Covid relief works totalling: $45,000 to Chung Tay Vì Cộng Đồng (Volunteer Together As Community) and $15,000 to Hành Trình Yêu Thương (The Journey of Love). In addition, we have also sent $3,000 to Diệu Giác Orphanage in Saigon to help the orphans through the Covid crisis.
Our charity partners have been working tirelessly to provide much needed health-grade PPEs, sanitisers, medical equipment, basic medication and meals to the patients, front-line health workers and volunteers in quarantine centres and hospitals, as well as free meals, food and Covid-safe emergency hospital transport to poor people hard hit economically during the crisis. Your donations have helped make possible their critical relief work in a significant way.
Please take a few minutes to watch this short Youtube video in Vietnamese from Chung Tay Vì Cộng Đồng highlighting their Covid-19 relief works where English subtitles are available with a selection in Youtube’s Settings.
As daily case numbers in Saigon and surrounding areas are still high (around 4000 currently) and the Covid situation in Vietnam is fluid and evolving, there is still a lot more work to be done, and we will endeavour to continue supporting our partners as much as we could.
Thank you for trusting us with your very generous donations to enable us to extend a helping hand to the people of Saigon and surrounding areas in their most difficult time.
Please stay safe and take care.
Lý Gia Nhẫn,