Nov 15 2011
The Charity Bazaar, now in its 20th year, is the largest fundraising event of the year held by anyone in Hanoi and a great place to pick up a few unusual souvenirs or Christmas presents, with many products being offered at discounted prices.
Three types of tables will be at the bazaar: more than 30 country tables, at which representatives from each country sell native food, arts and crafts; commercial tables, which are booked by Hanoi-based companies for the sale of their wares; and charity tables, some of which will be selling items while others will just be promoting their activities.
There will also be a silent auction, featuring items kindly donated by embassies, businesses and other philanthropic souls. Items for auction include hotel stays, Halong Bay cruises and restaurant vouchers. It’s a good day out for the kids too with a “Kid’s Corner” full of activities and lots of space to run around.
Let’s not forget the real purpose of the bazaar: all proceeds go to support charities around Hanoi. These charities are selected and monitored by HIWC’s Communities Aid Committee and include Nhan Chinh Private School for Deaf Children; Sympameals, which provides one meal a day to poor people from the countryside who are receiving cancer treatment and could otherwise not afford sufficient nutrition; financial support for Needy University Students; and funding breast cancer treatment for poor patients at K Hospital.
Lieke Berghauser Pont, the bazaar coordinator at HIWC, says the bazaar “has become for many Hanoians a favourite event which marks the start of the holiday season.”
Tickets are 100,000 VND for adults and 50,000 VND for children and can be purchased in advance from various outlets or bought at the gate. If you go, come and say hi! I’ll be on the HIWC table.
2011 Charity Bazaar
UNIS (United Nations International School)
Ciputra International Village
Lac Long Quan Road
Tay Ho, Hanoi
Photos courtesy of HIWC from 2010 Charity Bazaar.
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