Wednesday 22 November 2017

Volunteers get set for Vietnam

Eleven teenagers are busy fundraising in advance of a journey to help those in the care of the Christina Noble Children's Foundation (CNCF) in Vietnam.

The group of students decided on the project after speaking with the foundation's base in Dublin to find out about their work.

After much planning they decided to contribute to the foundation's work in Vietnam, which provides housing, education and healthcare to abandoned, disadvantaged children. There was an invitation given to the girls to travel out from Ireland and contribute to the work being done in Vietnam, but they would have to pay their own way. The idea grew from there.

The girls, with their parents, organised several meetings to come up with a plan to raise funds for the foundation. The CNCF informed them that some young children in Vietnam must walk up to 10 miles each morning to get to school. This dangerous journey to and from school results in many dropping out at a very young age. It was pointed out by the charity that a simple bicycle could change a young child's life, allowing them to get from remote areas to school and health centres.

The plan was set for the girls to first raise as much money as possible in various fundraising events, then to travel to Ho Chi Minh City at their own expense, and to buy as many bicycles as possible out there (with helmets) with the funds they raised to present to the Christina Noble Foundation.

So far, the girls have raised money in coffee mornings, bake sales and bag packing events in local supermarkets. Each of the eleven girls have also made a presentation about their plan and the work of the foundation to the students of their old primary schools who have all contributed generously.

There are many more future events planned. One of these will take place this Saturday, December 3rd; there will be a sponsored Spinathon held in Scotch Hall Shopping Centre from midday to 6pm, followed by the raffle of a €500 bicycle sponsored by Quay Cycles.

The following weekend, Sunday 11 December, again in Scotch Hall, the girls will be carol singing in the afternoon with all of the money collected being spent on bikes for Vietnamese children.

They fly on April 6th (Easter holidays) via London/Singapore and onto Ho Chi Minh City and will work at the charity's facilities for 5 days in total. The girls would like to thank everybody who has supported them to date, and if anyone wishes to make a donation to this worthy cause, the girls would be very grateful. They have opened a bank account ' The Noble Transitioners' in AIB Drogheda sort code 932094 account number 82602013 into which donations can be lodged. Any donations would be greatly appreciated.

Drogheda Independent

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