A charity performance night organised by RMIT Vietnam students brought tears to the audience at Thanh Nien theatre in Hanoi.
Tram Dung (in English, The Short Break) raised 20 million VND to help children in the Vietnam National Institution of Haematology and Blood Transfusion.
Despite harsh January weather with temperatures down to 6°C the event, held by students who publish Current Media magazine, was successful in funds and awareness raising.
Current Media president Tran Bach Duong said her team organised the fundraiser with the help of another charity, the Hope and Faith Club.
The highlight of the event was a drama, On Time – KIP, by students at Chu Van An High school, On Time.
“It told a story of a typical modern family, delivering the message that sometimes in focussing on the race of life, we forget to spread our love,” she said.
Other performances in the event included rock band Hub and a dance club from the Foreign Trade University.
Current Media members also sold hand-made lucky money envelopes before the concert.
"I have volunteered at the National Transfusion Institute and spoken with children there,” Duong said.
“Despite their situations, their positivity inspired me to spread the love more and more.
"To me, time with them is my ‘tram dung’ - when I can temporarily escape the rush of today’s society."
Strangely enough, Duong’s ‘escape’ came from young patients suffering from cancer and other serious illnesses.
"A little girl in NIHBT once told me her wish to have long hair as mine,” she said.
“As you can guess, because of her medical treatment she didn't have any hair.
"That inspired me to help make their life better."
Thirty-five members of Current Media were involved in organising the fund-raiser, including Duong as lead organiser and Nguyen Phuong Linh as event coordinator.
They were supported by sponsors, the Saigon Beer Company, Technical Science Development, the University of Mining and Geology and Twitter Beans Coffee, along with four RMIT Vietnam staff members including Hanoi City campus head Mr Phil Dowler, who said he and his wife found the concert inspirational.
“Seeing the RMIT students give back to the community was a humbling experience,” he said.
“As I looked around the theatre I could see the impact it was making on the children and their families.
“This achievement by Duong and the Current Media team made a lasting impression on so many."
Story: Van Doan