Singaporean donors ‘buy bricks’ to build a new school in remote rural Vietnam

date_range2019-01-23

On 17th January 2019, saigonchildren hosted a private fundraiser entitled ‘Buy a brick, build a school’ at the Mandarin Oriental Singapore and raised 82,292SGD (US$60,494) for our School Building and Learning Environment Programme.

Mr. Eddy Jetjirawat – Managing Director of Temasek (in the middle), Mr. Alain Cany – chairman of saigonchildren Trustees Board (left side) and Mr. Damien Roberts – Executive Director of saigonchildren (right side)

Mr. Jeffery Tan – Group Chief Legal & Compliance Officer of Jardine Cycle & Carriage (left side) and representatives from saigonchildren

75 distinguished guests attended the event, including long-term donors ANZ, Jardine Matheson, Credit Suisse, Pizza Hut, Hong Kong Land, Saving Grace, and Lufthansa; as well as many other trusted donors and sponsors.

Notably, Mr. Judd  Kinne, on behalf of USMC Veterans of K/3/1, joined the event and shared about his journey building schools with saigonchildren in Quang Tri, Vietnam.

Mr. Judd Kinne shared about his journey of building a school

The school in the village before and after

Mr. Sreeram Iyer – COO of ANZ shared about ANZ’s four-year-journey of Project 3E in cooperation with saigonchildren 

The exclusive charitable night featured a cozy networking session with cocktails and canapes, a session with previous donors to share touching stories of school building projects, and an interactive fundraising initiative. The ‘Buy a brick, build a school’ activity was taken up by many guests, who bought and signed a virtual brick representing their donation to saigonchildren.

The funding raised will go to build and equip a new school with facilities conducive to learning. A total of two Platinum bricks, five Gold bricks, 11 Silver bricks and 21 Bronze bricks were sold, raising 82,292 SGD to help us further the School Building Programme and help more children in rural Vietnam to have a strong chance to receive a quality education in safe and pleasant surroundings.

Being a longstanding programme of saigonchildren, the School Building and Learning Environments Programme aims to construct or renovate kindergartens and primary schools, to bring a safe and effective learning environment to children in the most disadvantaged areas of Vietnam. Since 1992, we have built 192 schools, 503 classrooms and provided over 36,800 scholarships.

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