HCM City consular club to organize 26th charity bazaar

The Consular Club of Ho Chi Minh City, whose members are volunteers from foreign diplomatic missions, will be holding its 26th international charity bazaar at the Adora Convention Center in Tan Binh District on November 9.

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A booth at last year’s charity bazaar - Photo: Courtesy of Consular Club of Ho Chi Minh City

Customers will have the opportunity to buy a wide range of interesting international goods and enjoy a program of cultural entertainment including classical dance performances from India, Indonesia and Thailand, a jazz guitarist performance from the UK and accomplished quartet as well as a Thai boxing demonstration. 

As in previous years, raffle tickets to enter the popular Raffle Draw will be on sale at VND50,000 each. Among the many prizes are stays at deluxe resorts and hotels in many locations throughout Vietnam, spa packages, lunch or dinner vouchers in luxury restaurants in HCMC, and a Vietnam Airlines ticket among others. 

Every prize in the raffle is worth at least US$100. The prize tickets will be drawn by the Consul Generals of the participating countries.

In support of the city’s movement to reduce single-use plastics, the Consular Club encourages all vendors to use environmentally friendly alternatives and shoppers to purchase cloth bags or bring their own with them.

At last year’s event attendees were offered water in glasses as an alternative to individual plastic bottles with the co-operation of the Adora Convention Center. This year the Consular Club hopes to go much further in eliminating single-use plastics at its bazaar.

Last year 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.

With US$70,000 raised at the 2018 bazaar, the Consular Club was able to offer assistance to 10 projects including an early intervention program for children with autism, education scholarships for children and young adults, free prosthetics for low income amputees, infrastructure to supply and store fresh water and renovation of a women’s shelter.

For further information on the charity bazaar, contact the Consular Club at consularclub@gmail.com or https://www.facebook.com/consularclub.hcmc/.

The event opens to the public at 9:30 a.m. and runs until 3 p.m. Entry tickets are on sale now at a reduced price of VND80,000 at Terraverde Travel on the second floor of Deutsches Haus or Saigon Van International Relocations.

From November 2 onwards tickets will be priced at VND100,000. There is no charge for children under 10 when accompanied by an adult and they can enjoy the play area for children free of charge.

Saigon Times