On the 26th of August, Saigon Children’s Charity (SCC) was pleased to welcome one hundred employees of Aon from all over South-East Asia came to Ho Chi Minh City, and generously donated twenty bicycles for disadvantaged children in Vietnam, as part of their team-building and community giving-back activities provided by tour operators, Indochina Heritage.
After spending the day doing a variety of different activities, from selling popcorn, buying local food and painting “Non la” (Vietnamese traditional hats), teams arrived at Van Thanh Park to not only build, but also race, twenty brand new bicycles.
Most of employees had only been in Vietnam for just 24 hours, yet were working hard in order to beat their fellow colleagues. One employee remarked, while constructing the bike, ‘it’s more difficult than it looks’, while another was very confident in his teams’ building skills, stating ‘I’m happy to ride ours round the park’. Once constructed, the teams had to complete a five lap time trial race. One team member began to get a bit nervous about their newly manufactured bikes by asking, ‘are these the bicycles our team members built because if so, I’m not sure I want to ride it!’ SCC is glad to say that the quality of production was good enough and later the bicycle mechanics came to check the quality therefore no one encounter any injuries. The bicycles in the end are totally in good shape to hand to the children later.
After the manufacturing and racing was over, the twenty children, who were going to benefit from the donations, arrived to receive their bicycles. Thuy Vy, a 16 year old student from Can Gio, currently has to travel 4km to get to school. She relies on an extremely limited bus service, which means she can’t do any extra curriculum activities at school or work in the library. If Thuy Vy is unable to get the bus than the only way she can travel is by foot. She explained how she was happy that she didn’t have to rely on the bus anymore and could be more independent in getting to school. Nhu Y, another 16 year old student, was not lucky enough to be on a bus route and had to walk 10km a day to get to and from school. Receiving the bicycle is a huge improvement to her daily life.
SCC was so grateful to see the positive and charitable attitude of the employees. Helen, an employee working in the Aon’s Singapore branch, shared ‘It’s great to see our efforts today going to a good cause’. SCC is so thankful for the generosity of Aon in providing twenty brand new bicycles. It was a fantastic sight to see all the bicycles, after being checked by a professional bike mechanic, being ridden by the delighted children. Thanks to Aon twenty disadvantaged children are not limited in getting to school and, as a result, twenty more educations have been secured.
SCC is pleased to announce that we are, thanks to Maytronics Australia, individual sponsors and Aon, now only 13 away from our target of 87 bicycles before the starting of the new school year. Please help us reach our goal by either;