Music festival raising awareness and funds for needy children

Taking place on December 12 at Saigon Outcast and Soma in Ho Chi Minh city, the HCWA Fundraiser Music Festival aim is to raise money for some of the oldest children's charities in the city and bring children's rights, human rights, and development issues to everyone's attention.

Ho Chi Minh city's Ky Quang II Pagoda is home to more than 250 children who were left by their parents. Illustrative image. File photo: VNS

The event will feature local DJs from Banana Hustle, Saigon Dub Station and Funk Sessions, together with bands Hem Hem, Vibe Mechanics, Green Means Go, Cat Pylon, and Abby Chambers and Friends Acoustic.

There will be funny acts from JK Hobson Comedy, chilling show from Haus of Gore group, and a fire performance from Saigon Circus Skills.

Dozens of stalls and games will include clothes and handmade cards, a 3D Interactive winter garden, circus skills corner, and bubble station.

The event'll also be joined by other local charities who are focused on children's rights, human rights, and development issues.

All performers, musicians, stall and workshop hosts and organisers are volunteers, and 100% of money will be heading to the Little Rose Shelter, the Green Bamboo Centre, the Cau Han Project, and the HCM City Child Welfare Association to help poor and abused children in difficult situations. 

The festival will take place from 11am-9pm at Saigon Outcast, 188/1 Nguyen Van Huong Street in District 2, and continue at Soma, 6 Le Van Mien Street in District 2 till late.

Almost 31 million people in Vietnam have seen their jobs vanish, their incomes reduced, or been furloughed as a result of COVID-19. As the country went into lockdown to abide by social distancing rules and reduce the spread of COVID-19, charities had to cancel their activities and fundraising programmes. Traditional fundraising events, such as marathons or charity night, are no longer allowed because of social distancing and charity shops have closed.  And with opportunities to raise funds becoming scarcer while intense financial pressure rising, children's charities are struggling as well.

This scenario is particularly damaging for disadvantaged children, as their circumstances make it more difficult for them to access education and training. Event such as the HCWA Fundraiser Music Festival will help those charity organisations for children continuing to raise money for the important causes they work on.  

Tu Anh