A TIME OF EXCITEMENT AND MEANINGS
Dear friends, we are very sorry that we were not able to send out our usual newsletter in the Spring this year. So – this issue covers more than usual and talks about just some of the many things we have been doing over the last 6 months.
On 10th March 2013, we held our annual Saigon Cyclo Challenge for the 13th time in front of an audience of more than 2,000 people; everyone was cheering for their favourite racing teams who battled it out! We were delighted to have the enthusiastic participation from many organisations this year such as TNK Vietnam, Crown Relocation, Giant, Hoang Long Hoan Vu as well as from other new participants such as Pizza Hut, Abbott, Yan TV/Yan News. Congratulations are due once again to HSBC for being able to hold the record as the ultimate champion for the 3rd consecutive year! HSBC have supported the event since its very first year and we know just how much they practice and put into the day. We would also like to thank our in-kind sponsors – Gloria Jeans Coffee, NYDC, Pizza Hut, Swensen’s, Goodfood, Dae Jang Gum, Sweat Pocari – for their generosity with free Food & Beverage, the wonderful food and drinks area attracted a very long queue! One of the highlights of this year ’ Saigon Cyclo Challenge was definitely the Kids’ Activities sponsored by Jett Cycles, Crown Relo, KizCiti and SantaFe. The children enjoyed having their own special space to play fun games; and there were ball pits, biking games and safety practice, an exclusive children’s fashion show and, of course, bouncing on the bouncy castle! Last but not least, our Cyclo Deco Challenge was a blast with such creativity from our participants in designing and painting their cyclos in the most innovative ways. In total we raised around $30,000 and this will be channeled into our development programs.
After an exhilarating March with Saigon Cyclo Challenge, April was filled with a huge amount of support from our friends. H2H, which we have partnered with over the last 2 years, again brought us their support through their annual and exhausting charity bike ride from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City. In total they raised funds for three or four organisations here and SCC was fortunate to receive $12,000! SCC would like to express our gratitude to the organisers and. Of course, to the intrepid riders who took on this month-long ride.
May 2013 is another exciting month with The Melting Pot – an arts festival organised by Saigon Outcast to raise funds for children with disabilities. The weekend was filled with music, dancing and arts within the rich and diverse culture of Saigon; and all the proceedings of $2000 went towards the provision of arts supplies for the children with disabilities from many shelters within Ho Chi Minh City and Thang Long School.
On 1st June 2013, Bitexco offered a sky-experience trip in the highest building in Vietnam for 100 children from Thang Long School and other shelters. All of them were thrilled to have a chance to experience the panoramic view of Saigon’s skyline from the 49th floor. The day was filled with fun from dancing performances, sightseeing; and each child received biscuits, sweets and milk to bring home at the end of the day.
Last but not least, 7th June was the day SCC held one of our biggest events of the year, the Saigon Summer Ball. With much vigorous efforts in the preparation from a few months earlier, the 5th Saigon Summer Ball was a celebrated success. With a magnificent dinner, wine and dancing, as well as many attractive prizes and auction items, SCC raised a net amount of $75,000 to go on benefit the children we are supporting, as well as to expand our work and reach out to even more children. Our particular thanks go to our Premier Sponsors, Frasers Law Company and a long-term partner in the event - Moët & Chandon. We also had a superb range of key supporters and in-kind supporters here. Please go to SCC website to get a feel for what a great night it was and look through the event photos.
All a little exhausting then but we feel very fortunate to get the support that we do from individuals like you and from companies and organisations here in Vietnam and around the world. We literally couldn’t do it without you!