RMIT Vietnam NewsRMIT Vietnam donates computers to needy children

RMIT Vietnam donates computers to needy children

Thursday, November 19, 2009 - 13:58
RMIT Vietnam President, Professor Merilyn Liddell presents computers to the Education Division, Binh Thanh District
Professor Liddell presents computers to Mr Hoang Van from Saigon Children's Charity

RMIT International University Vietnam today announced the donation of more than 250 computers to a range of different community organisations to assist in the education of young children.

The first charity release of these computers was today presented to Mr Nguyen Hoang Van, Information Technology Manager and Webmaster for Saigon Children's Charity, and Mr Ly Thanh from the Education Division, Binh Thanh District.

"We are delighted to be able to pass on many of the computers no longer being used by the University – as a result of our regular five yearly upgrade program – to organisations which can pass them on to children who may not otherwise have access to this kind of equipment," RMIT President Professor Merilyn Liddell said today.

Receiving the first computers today, Saigon Children's Charity Director Mr Paul Finnis said the organisation enjoyed a close working relationship with RMIT.

"We are delighted that we will now benefit from receiving these computers. They will be used at Thang Long School, a school for disadvantaged children and young people in District 4, and also for our own use in the office where we provide support to 3,500 disadvantaged children with school scholarships in ho Chi Minh City and across southern Vietnam."

Mr Ly Thanh from the Education Division of Binh Thanh District said: "May I extend our sincere thanks to RMIT Vietnam executives for this donation. The computers will be located in the Centres for Educational Community to assist in the illiterate eradication in the Binh Thanh District community.'

The gift of computers to charity that have been upgraded at RMIT will be forwarded to their ultimate locations by Crown Worldwide Vietnam Ltd, which has generously agreed to transport the computers free of charge.