HCM City consular club's charity dinner gala raised 50,000 USD

16 Consulates and Honorary Consulates in Ho Chi Minh City recently hosted the first Consular Club of HCMC charity dinner gala, raising over 50,000 USD for several charity projects, including automatic rice dispensing machines in the Central Highlands.

PHOTO: COURTESY OF CONSULAR CLUB OF HCMC

The Consular Club of Ho Chi Minh City, whose members are volunteers from foreign diplomatic missions,  hosted its first charity dinner gala on December 1. There were representatives from 18 consulates general and honorary consulates in HCMC: France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Russia, Switzerland, Thailand, the United Kingdom, the United States, Finland, Luxembourg, Mexico, Portugal, New Zealand, Iceland and Uruguay.

All proceeds from the event support various charity projects in southern Vietnam, including: Beds for a domestic violence shelter; Heart surgeries for children; Scholarships for disabled people/victims of agent Orange; Water tanks and leprosy treatment for people from rural provinces; Bicycles/supplies/eyewear for kids to attend school in the Mekong Delta; Food for Covid relief; Educational resources for children with Autism and many others raise money for several charity projects that the club supports.

Currently they are raising funds specifically to distribute automatic rice dispensing machines to those affected by the floods in the Central Highlands. Donated auction items from many generous guests raised money for them to continue supporting many more projects in the coming year.

The Consular Club, founded in 1994, is a non-profit social group comprised of persons representing consular mission in HCMC. Its primary objective is to contribute towards improving the lives of disadvantaged groups or communities by funding humanitarian projects.

In 2018,  the Consular Club celebrated 25 years of support of charity projects to enhance the lives of disadvantaged people in southern Vietnam with a particular focus on aid for orphans, the disabled, the elderly and minority groups. All Consular Club members are unpaid and all profits from the bazaar go directly to the projects.

In 2020 they supported 12 projects, most of them located in southern region, including: heart surgeries for children, scholarship fro disadvantaged people, food, school supplies and bicycles....

Mai Pham