CNCF Australia/New Zealand Blog
On Sunday 18 September we had a Team of over 30 Noble runners take part in the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival. Our Team Noble runners took part in a variety of events choosing from the 4km Family Fun Run, the 9km Sydney Harbour Bridge Run, Half Marathon and Full Marathon.
On Thursday the 9th of June, we gathered our best baristas and volunteers and headed downtown to the ANZ Bank World HQ in Melbourne’s Dockland precinct for some delicious (and hot) coffee all in the name of World No Child Labour Day.
Our Social Enterprise Sunshine Café was on location from 7am until 11am and, to say the very least, it was a huge success. The city was up bright and early on the chilly winter morning but our team was ready to go with our baristas from our wonderful sponsors at Grinders Coffee, pumping out delicious coffee all morning.
Noble Walkers is one of our new annual fundraising campaigns the Foundation hass to raise funds for our programs in Vietnam and Mongolia. Not only is it for an amazing purpose of providing clean water to impoverished families in rural parts of the Mekong Delta, it also gives our supporters a chance to come together with their own friends, family and colleagues for a Noble Cause.
During we have had 4 groups of CNCF Noble Walkers showing their support and walking, climbing and trekking in a tremendous effort to raise for CNCF!
By taking on the simple process of creating a walk yourself, inviting as a handful of people and following our easy steps to sponsorship – they managed to raise over $4,000, that equates to 15 families in the Vinh Long Province now having access to clean and safe water!
Being a Noble Walker is just one reason to get up for a Sunday morning walk with your family and friends while raising crucial funds for children in Vietnam and Mongolia who don’t have access to the necessities of life we take for granted.
Here are three great stories of the month of March which was considered our Noble Walkers month!
CNCF had the amazing opportunity to be the Charity Partner and join in on the celebrations of the South East Asia Festival held in Melbourne on 12 - 13th March 2016 as part of the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival.
The weekend was great success from the food, drink and music to our very first Social Enterprise the Sunshine Café, we are so proud to have been a part of it!
Both days were great and was filled with laughter, smiles and lots of chatter. To say the least, we had an incredible couple of days.
Our team in Australia have some pretty big audacious goals this year and we are out to make a difference!
We want to double our fundraising dollars over what has been raised in past couple of years; grow the number of children we sponsor from 300 to 400; as well as expand our team to support all of our wonderful Noble Community in Australia and the ever growing Noble Community in New Zealand thanks to the exposure that the NOBLE movie has given our Foundation.
When you visit Vietnam, often one of the first questions you seem to get asked is, “Are you married”? It’s just a curiosity thing and for Vietnamese people it is a way of showing they are interested in your life. What I love about this is if you are not married the correct response is not “No”, it’s “Chưa”, which means “Not Yet”. And there you have it in a nutshell. This is the everlasting optimism that encapsulates the people of Vietnam. Perhaps this is why when Christina landed in Saigon in 1989 with nothing more than a dream, she felt like she had come home. The word “No” just does not seem to be in her vocabulary. Just not yet!
My first visit to Saigon was back in 1993. Like Christina, Vietnam immediately captured my heart. It was the first Asian country I had ever visited and it assaulted all of my senses. The sights, the sounds, the smells….I had never experienced anything like it! We vowed to come back and live there one day. Upon my return to Australia I devoured all things Vietnam. This included reading “Bridge Across My Sorrows”.
I'm sure like most, Christina’s story resonated with me and I never forgot it. So much so that back in 2009 when a group of my girlfriends and I went over for a holiday we decided to fill our suitcases with donations and also raise money for the CNCF Bicycle Program. It was the absolute highlight of a wonderful holiday. We arrived at the Foundation not expecting the ceremony that was awaiting us. 20 shiny new bikes for 20 excited families. If you have ever tried making a speech that is being translated whilst crying let me tell you it’s not easy! I often wonder if maybe one day a young Vietnamese university student remembers the day that a crying Aussie mum gave them the bike that enable them to get to primary school…..