A group of students from RMIT Vietnam International Club has organised a charity campaign named Hanh Trang Cho Em (Luggage for You) for underprivileged pupils at Tran Van Quan primary school in Ba Ria - Vung Tau province.
RMIT Vietnam International Club members came up with the idea to help vulnerable students whose families cannot afford textbooks and learning resources for their child. The Hanh Trang Cho Em charity campaign was born to spread the idea of "sharing is caring" by collecting unwanted things from people to give to those in need.
“We wanted to share these books with the students because we care about the future of Vietnam. There's more than one way to support charities in a sustainable way, and we chose to help with the education of underprivileged students,” RMIT Vietnam International Club Project manager Nguyen Phuc Minh Quan said.
In collaboration with RMIT Student Council and the Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology Chemical Engineering Music Club, RMIT Vietnam International Club also built bookshelves filled with books and comics donated by RMIT students. Since the beginning of July this year, the club started a fundraiser by selling stationery at Saigon South campus. At the same time, they asked for students and alumni to donate used books that they no longer needed.
After four months of preparing, planning and fundraising, more than 800 books, 300 notebooks, four bicycles and 20 uniforms were collected and sent to vulnerable pupils in Ba Ria, Vung Tau. RMIT student volunteers visited Tran Van Quan primary school to assemble bookshelves and give out the donated gifts to 150 pupils.
The charity campaign was a meaningful and memorable back-to-school event for both the pupils at Tran Van Quan primary school and RMIT students.
Story: Cindy Tran