“My full name is Suzanne Thi Hien Hook,” says Suzanne, Allambie’s founder. “And I’m an orphan from the [American] War.
KOTO is mostly known for the good work they do — having trained over 600 at-risk and disadvantaged Vietnamese youths in vocational, English and life skills, with a 100 percent job placement rate — but the food their not-for-profit restaurants dish out is also pretty damn good.
The poster for Little Rose Shelter’s — Hoa Hong Nho — summer fundraiser Saigon Rock Lottery features a punk rock Frankenstein and a pretty unique concept. The idea is to throw a bunch of musicians into a hat, draw out sensible bands from the blind-drawn results and rock out for charity! It’s so crazy it just might work.
May’s Le Fruit Triathlon got you used to the idea of Ho Tram as a place not just about relaxation, and now Ho Tram Water Safety and Water Safety Vietnam want to build on that momentum with a charity swim this Aug. 10. Ho Tram Beach Resort is the site of this ocean swim, with competitions in 500m ocean swimming and 500m beach running, and a 1km beach swim and 1km beach run.
In the rabble and noise created by nonprofits vying for donors’ limited attention and ever-shrinking funding pools, an enterprising NGO needs a plan — a brilliant plan!
Animal Rescue and Care (ARC) is hosting a funky extravaganza this June 21 at BG Beer & Grill — three bands’ worth of non-stop funk, all in the service of raising money to benefit some funk-loving critters. A Furry Funktion will feature The Love Below, Jazz Art and Dat Phonk rocking the stage and MC Brain, an art auction featuring work by some of the best talents in town, a free San Miguel for the first 200 Samaritans, other goodies (free chocolate is rumoured) and the heartwarming feeling of having done good for some furry friends you already love.
Our July ‘Charity of the Month’ is inviting you to become part of the Allambie family, this Sunday, Jun. 15 at deciBel. Allambie’s Sunday Roast will cut to one of the best parts of family life, with a roast dinner with a glass of wine included in your entry. There will be a live band, a photography auction and a raffle featuring the likes of Phuong Ha, L’Usine, Le Jardin, Anthony George Hairdresser, Villa Royale, Mark Young Photography, Le Bouchon de Saigon, McSorley’s, Ciao Bella, Saffron, The Deck, Papagayo, Scott and Binh’s and many others.
Cycling from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City is more than a physical journey, but eventually the bodies of the 19 riders on this year’s H2H Charity Ride began to tell their stories, in ways both humorous and tragic. Words by Ed Weinberg. Photos by David Harris andFrancis Xavier
Some abandoned dogs and cats find homes easily. But the hundreds of animals that end up at Tram Cuu Ho Cho Meo Hanoi (Hanoi Pet Rescue) are often more difficult cases: the disabled, the blind, the elderly. Mic has been abused so badly that now he can’t use his legs and one of his shoulders is permanently broken; his back and hips have abscesses inhabited by hundreds of maggots.