November 2016 - Quan Am Foundation is nearing the end of our busiest and most exciting year yet. We've completed 24 projects, launched our Child Sponsorship program and hosted some great fundraisers.
I wanted to share with you some of the work that was completed between March and September so get scrolling, it's a long newsletter!
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August 2016 - Our next Quan Am fundraiser is on Tuesday 16 August at Berkeley Cinemas, Mission Bay. Come along to a private screening of Absolutely Fabulous for $25. Tickets available at EventBrite.co.nz.
July 2016 - Come see us at Orakei Market on Kepa Road, Mission Bay on 16 and 30 July. We will be selling beautiful items from talent artisans in Cambodia and Vietnam including jewellery, silk scarves, decorations and keyrings.
May 2016 - I'm honoured to have been included in my high school's quarterly magazine, Dio Today to highlight Quan Am Foundation's success over the past 4 years. Hoping that my story can inspire the next generation of Dio girls to make a difference no matter how big or small!
May 2016 - Thank you to the Mother's Union ladies and St Andrews for inviting me to speak at their monthly meeting, even if I had to sit down to deliver my speech! It was wonderful to share some stories and fundraise $555 for Quan Am Foundation!
April 2016 - Please join Quan Am Foundation at our upcoming screening of He Named Me Malala on 7 April 2016 @ 8pm, Berkeley Cinemas Mission Bay.
Update: Thank you to all 80 guests who attended our fundraiser! Together we raised $2,000 for Quan Am Foundation!
January 2016 - Returning from my latest trip to Vietnam and Cambodia in Dec 15 and Jan 16, check out the January newsletter to see what I got upto and all the children we visited!
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December 2015 - Thanks to the ongoing support of my church, St Andrews in Mission Bay Auckland, I was able to raise $ 320 towards our Christmas Appeal with the sale of our beautiful silk scarves and Christmas Cards. Thank you again to the generous congregation who always support me!
Last year we also raised $350 in Christmas sales.
The 2015 Christmas Appeal raised a fantastic $1,395 in total!
September 2015 - A huge thank you to everyone who came to our fundraiser on 17 September 2015 for the screening of NOBLE. It was a huge success and raised a whopping $2,000 for Quan Am Foundation!
We had some wonderful raffle prizes donated so a special thank you to Les Mills, Cafe Hanoi, Everlast Nails and Nadia Lim! Thank you also to Dr Feelgood for donating your delicious ice creams to our guests!
November 2015 - This year as part of our Christmas Appeal we are selling Christmas Cards featuring some of Quan Am's special children! Cards and envelopes come in packs of 10 and be mixed or same designs. Contact us for details!
Thank you to a colleague at work who's friend donated some gorgeous children's t-shirts to Quan Am. We raised $68 from sales and took the remaining t-shirts to the kindergarten children at Loc Tho Charity School and Orphanage.
November 2014 - Thank you to PwC for featuring me in their Alumni magazine. It's always great to share my story and I hope that it motivates others to go after their passion. You can read the full article here.
I would also like to thank PwC for selecting me as one of their Volunteers of the Year in 2012 and 2013 which gives winners a $1,000 grant to their charity of choice.
February 2015 - Following my packed visit to Vietnam again in February 2015, check out the latest newsletter for the details on all our activities!
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July 2015 - On 18 July I was invited to speak to a local women's group called Vista Club who get together once a month and invite a speaker on a wide range of topics. I thoroughly enjoyed sharing my story and chatting to the group about my work in Vietnam.
Afterwards I had a variety of Vietnamese and Cambodian gifts for sale so was delighted to raise $273 for Quan Am Foundation!
July 2014 - Thank you to my local parish of St Andrews for inviting me to speak at their Sunday sermons. Before leaving to start my new job at World Vision Cambodia they have made me their Parish Missionary.
I will be starting my new role in September, based in Phnom Penh!
January 2014 - January was a very busy month for Quan Am with another trip to Vietnam to visit our sponsored charity schools and orphanages. Check out all the news in our latest newsletter!
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February 2013 - In April 2013 I returned back to Vietnam to visit Loc Tho Charity School and Orphanage. The newsletter also re-caps on our 2012 Christmas visit!
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October 2013 - Thank you to everyone who came along to our fundraiser on 17 October! It was a huge success with $
A huge thank you to the following companies who donated raffle prizes or goodies to our guests: Cafe Hanoi, The Food Truck, Dry & Tea, Everlast Nails, Bluebell Cakery and All Good Organics.
August 2013 - I was recently asked by a member of the Catholic Women’s League to come along to St Joseph’s in Orakei and talk about my experiences. I spoke to the group on Wed 28 August in their local hall, about my story and what made me want to start up the Foundation.
It was really lovely to share my thoughts, spread the word and inform them of the poverty situation facing so many Vietnamese. I shared Thien Hue’s story (the little boy with no arms) and also showed heaps of photos from my last trip in April.Thank you for your generous donations and for the great Q&A session after!
February 2013 - Last week I was invited to speak at two church services at St Andrews Anglican Parish. Being my family church, it was a privilege to speak to the congregation about my charity and teach others about another culture. I received some great feedback and support on the day and the next few weeks the church will be collecting funds for my next trip. If you have a church that would be interested in hearing my story, let me know.
October 2012 - Our fundraiser in Parnell was such a huge success and I would like to say thank you to everyone who made it possible (food helpers, ticket sales, venue hire, raffle sales). We managed to raise an incredible $4,000 at the event which is by far the largest sum to date! 120 guests doned their Sunday best to attend our High Tea. They enjoyed delectable scones, sandwiches and baked goods. We had a variety of books on sale and of course our sort-after raffle prizes. Thanks to everyone who attended!
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September 2014 - I touched base with the editor of East and Bays courier a few months ago and they expressed interest in writing an article on my experiences so within the week we met up for an interview and the article was distributed around Auckland. To read it, head to: East and Bays.
June 2012 - On 25 June 2012 our first fundraiser was held at the Hot Yoga studio in Newmarket, Auckland. The evening was attended by 30 women keen to try something new and warm up in the heated rooms. The studio was the perfect venue for a chilly Auckland evening. Everyone gathered early to browse the books on sale or to find out more about the charity and my upcoming trip. The event raised $
June 2012 - On 28 June 2012 I was a week away from leaving for Vietnam and I needed another $200 to reach my goal. My colleagues at PwC suggested we put on a bake sale for the office so we got to work finding volunteer bakers amongst the team! On the day we set to work transforming the office into a Vietnamese bakery. We decorated with heaps of Vietnamese flags and photos of the orphans I was going to help. It was a huge success and after a few wagers we were all astounded that our coins added up to over $450!