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A Brighter Tomorrow: Celebrating charity, concert and children
  • | dtinews.vn | September 21, 2010 10:38 AM

A highly anticipated charity concert will give Hanoi a reason to celebrate while making a difference for children.

Alison Vidotto (second left) with daughter Rose (back, right) with Vietnamese young people getting help from the ACCV programme.

As Hanoians approach the final countdown to the capital city’s 1,000 year anniversary, an international charity is aiming to ensure the millennium year also brings hope for ill children at Hanoi’s National Hospital of Pediatrics.

Large crowds are expected to take part in a charity fundraising celebration on September 25, 7pm at the Green Mango Hotel and Restaurant on Hang Quat Street in the Old Quarter.

All proceeds raised will go towards helping seriously ill children locally.

“Hanoi is readying itself for a celebration of this momentous millennium year,” said Alison Vidotto founder of the Australian Charity for the Children of Vietnam (ACCV). “For us, the celebrations are starting early and by taking part we will be assisting in alleviating suffering faced by a group of very sick children in Hanoi. This is the best and most fitting way to celebrate the achievements of the past 1,000 years.”

The event, called “A Brighter Tomorrow”, will include live music from local favourites The Props and the Brass Monkies. The 150,000 VND ticket fee also includes two free drinks.

There will be fire jugglers, a magician, belly dancer, raffles, door prizes and much more.

Green Mango owner, Hai Nguyen Thanh, is offering his venue and services for free in what he expects to be a very successful event.

“We are delighted to have the opportunity to get involved,” said Hai. “To me this is a celebration of the courage of these young children.”

For Alison, in her work with ACCV, she has seen firsthand how the funds assist the children.

“We see some desperate situations as you can imagine. We met a young father who carried his four-year-old on a bus for 12 hours, in a coma because they had no money for insulin,” she explained. “Now we are funding the insulin for the child and we also pay for food for the father when he is in Hanoi with his son for treatment.

“We have agreed to fund 33 kids at the hospital and there are another 170 waiting for our help. This program with the hospital (A Brighter Tomorrow) is our main goal for the fundraiser. The more money we raise, the more kids we can commit to.”

Tickets are available from Green Mango as well as other venues around Hanoi. For more information go to: http://www.accv.net.au

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