The discussion has moved onto the forthcoming entry of McDonald’s into Vietnam and — with the red wine and late summer evening air — it’s gotten heated. An article by the BBC is mentioned. Henry Nguyen, the man bringing in the fast food giant, is discussed, worries about obesity are tossed about in the West Lake breeze and the idea that Vietnam will soon no longer be one of the last bastions of the non-McDonald’s world is lamented by one person and described as inevitable by another.
Margaret Smith feels the urge to help, but where? Photos by Kyle Phanroy
The Kids with Cancer Foundation will be holding their annual black tie dinner to raise money for treating children with cancer on Oct. 5 at the InterContinental Asiana hotel in Saigon.
Lin Center for Community Development, which supports grassroots non-profit social organisations in and around Ho Chi Minh City, is hosting the final step in their community betterment project Narrow the Gap. On Sep. 15, the annual event will focus on disadvantaged children. The day will promise fun for children and adults alike, with arts and crafts booths, photo booths, balloons, raffles and much more.
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In support of charities supporting vulnerable children in Hoi An, Monster Swim will challenge 60 swimmers to battle the current and the odds on Aug 18 in Hoi An, swimming between one and 10 kilometres along the historic town’s picturesque coastline. The swim culminates in a public finish line at Cua Dai Beach, where spectators can cheer on swimmers as they take their final strokes.
The best of short film is on showcase at Snap Café and Decibel this month, Sunday, Jul 28 and Wednesday, Jul 31 with the world’s largest short film festival FUTURE SHORTS.
In collaboration with local NGO Lin Center, SGOC and the “Work Hard Play Hard” team present a charity event that could mean getting yourself some new threads and donating your own, all for a good cause. Inspired by the hit song and a good cause, it’s “Thrift Shop” at Saigon Outcast on Saturday, Jul 27!
With summer in full swing, the first Folk Me Folk You festival is here thanks to Hanoi Social Club and Humanitarian Services for Children of Vietnam.
Through cooperation with Operation Smile Vietnam, students and volunteers have devised a plan to help Vietnam smile. By donating to win a date with a special celebrity, do-gooders will help children in Vietnam to receive life-changing facial reconstruction surgery on lip defects, like cleft lips and palates. Help your love life and help those in need this month by getting frisky with Donate for a Date.