ANNOUNCEMENT: WATER SAFETY VIETNAM NAMED BENEFICIARY OF AUSCHAM’S CHARITY PROGRAM 2015
AUSCHAM ANNOUNCEMENT (as reported on the main AusCham website)
2 SEPTEMBER 2015
Water Safety Vietnam named beneficiary of AusCham’s Charity Program 2015
Dear Members and Friends
On the occasion of the 70th Anniversary of Vietnam’s National Day, AusCham is delighted to announce that the beneficiary of its 2015 Charity Program is Water Safety Vietnam (WSV).
AusCham appointed a Special Panel of four Directors to consider all 20 applications received by the due date of 21 August 2015 – and to then select one outstanding NGO as the beneficiary of the 2015 Charity Program.
Shane Dillon, one of the Panel’s Directors, said that, “We had a great response from many deserving charities for this year’s selection.
“According to Vietnam’s Ministry of Health, it is conservatively estimated that up to 10 children drown each day (or 3,650 each year) in Vietnam. This drowning of children has been described as ‘a silent epidemic’ and teaching children how to swim is a proven intervention for child injury prevention that could save many lives.
“For this reason, Water Safety Vietnam is AusCham’s charity of choice for 2015”, concluded Shane.
Water Safety Vietnam’s Project Manager, Pam O’Reilly replied that, “We really appreciate AusCham’s assistance in this when there are so many other deserving charities all doing such good work in Vietnam.
“Water Safety Vietnam first came to Vietnam in 2011 to see what we could do to try and alleviate the drowning problem. With assistance from many people already living in Vietnam, we feel that we have really surged ahead. However, back home in Australia, it is increasingly difficult to raise the funds and our willing band of volunteers is growing tired.
“This raising of funds and awareness by AusCham will be such an injection of energy for them all,” said a very buoyant Ms Pam!
AusCham will raise proceeds from two fundraisers next month, namely:
We need your help!
To raise funds for Water Safety Vietnam, we need to support the aforementioned fundraisers with cash and in-kind sponsorships.
If you can’t be a sponsor, then support the cause by forwarding the information through your networks and by just attending the events.
For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you to all applicants
Again, AusCham thanks all applicants for the outstanding work that they currently do. They make a real difference behind the scenes. Their work is being noticed and it is valued greatly.
Complete list of applicants for AusCham’s 2015 Charity Program
2014 Saigon Cup Charity
ANNOUNCEMENT: 6 NOVEMBER 2014: HEARTBEAT VIETNAM GETS FINANCIAL KICK FROM AUSCHAM’S HORSE EVENT
Dear Members and Friends
When added to the $2,069 raised during the 2nd Annual Scramble in HCMC last month, AusCham has raised a total of $7,634 for Heartbeat Vietnam.
According to Heartbeat Vietnam’s figures, a life-saving heart operation for a Vietnamese child suffering from a congenital heart defect can be performed with every $1,000 raised.
Rad Kivette from Heartbeat Vietnam writes:
“To AusCham and all of our AusCham Saigon Cup supporters, it is good that most of us can only try to imagine the heartache parents feel when they watch their child grow weaker and weaker and finally pass away. Most of us have never felt the pain and listlessness a child with congenital heart disease feels every day he or she is alive.
“Thank you for your compassion for those who suffer and your willingness to translate that emotion into action. Your support will go 100 per cent to provide surgeries and save some of the 20 plus thousand children’s lives all across Vietnam who have congenital heart defects and disease.”
AusCham thanks sponsors and all those who joined our Scramble and Saigon Cup and given so generously. The outcome is a “significant” achievement. In other words, we have just saved at least seven young lives.
ANNOUNCEMENT 16 OCT 2014: Heartbeat Vietnam selected as beneficiary of AusCham’s fundraising in 2014.
[See beneath Heartbeat Vietnam’s response dated 18 Oct 2014.]
AusCham is delighted to announce that Heartbeat Vietnam will be the beneficiary of funds raised at our 2014 HCMC Scramble ($2,069) and Tabcorp Saigon Cup.
Each year in Vietnam, one in every 100 children is born with a congenital heart defect (CHD). Most of these children come from families who earn less than $30 per month and cannot afford the proper treatment or life-saving heart surgery. The average cost of a pediatric heart operation in Vietnam is $3,300. Through matching funding arrangements, however, Heartbeat Vietnam is able to reduce the cost to donors, like AusCham, to just $1,000.
So, for just $1,000, we can offer a child surgery that will allow them to get ahead in school and, literally, in life. The flip side is that, untreated, 85 per cent of children with a CHD will die before their 18th birthday.
Rad Kivette from Heartbeat Vietnam thanked AusCham for its support. “The Tabcorp Saigon Cup will help to save the lives of impoverished children with congenital heart defects and disease, improve the life of their families and change their communities forever.”
Phil Johns, Executive Director of AusCham said that “The Board is extremely pleased to make a financial contribution to Heartbeat Vietnam in support of its incredible work. Often, ‘a little is something’ but, in this case, ‘a little’ can make a profound difference.
“It’s also important to note that, during deliberations at its monthly meeting on Tuesday night, the Board remarked on the quality of the applications received from the various NGOs. There are amazing organisations doing amazing work to help build this country. The difficulty and complexity for the Board is, and will always be, in selecting just one organisation to receive our relatively modest contribution of funds.”
AusCham attempts to support all of its NGO members during the year by supporting their level of visibility. This is done through vehicles such as the “Charity of the Month” at Sundowners as well as posting relevant news on AusCham’s website (tracked by Google) which is then listed and hyperlinked in our weekly newsletters.
AusCham congratulates all applicants for the outstanding work that they do during the year and we look forward to being able to offer more direct and tangible support this year to Heartbeat Vietnam.
HEARTBEAT VIETNAM’S ANNOUNCEMENT DATED 18 OCT 2014: DONATIONS FROM THE HORSES FOR CHILDREN’S HEARTS.
The Australian Chamber of Commerce (AusCham) is holding the inaugural Tabcorp Saigon Cup horse races to benefit Heartbeat Vietnam, raising funds for life-saving surgeries for poor children with congenital heart defects and heart disease in Vietnam. All proceeds will go to Heartbeat Vietnam and VinaCapital Foundation is honored to be selected by the Australian Chamber of Commerce (AusCham) as the designated charity for this exciting event.
Phil Johns, Executive Director of AusCham said of VCF’s selection: “The Board is extremely please to make a financial contribution to Heartbeat Vietnam in support of its incredible work. Often, ‘a little is something’ but, in this case ‘a little’ can make a profound difference.”
The Tabcorp Saigon Cup will take place at the Reverie Saigon Hotel, 57- 69F Dong Khoi, District 1, HCMC on 01 November 2014 between 11am and 4pm. The day will be filled with great fun, food, beverages, horse racing competitions and care and concern for disadvantaged children.
VCF wants to encourage all our friends and supporters to join AusCham in this special day of fun and fund raising to change little lives and their families forever.