Consular Club prepares for annual charity bazaar

Mrs. Jan Johnston and the staff of the Canadian consulate general in HCMC sat down together over the weekend discuss how to set up an impressive booth for selling goods of the country at the annual charity bazaar early next month.

Jan and the staff, who are the organizers of the Canadian booth, said that early preparations were of paramount importance to make sure that "we all get ourselves ready for the bazaar."

Jan said the booth would sell Canadian goods at the fund-raising event to be organized by the Consular Club of HCMC at the Legend Hotel Saigon in downtown HCMC from 11am until 3pm o­n Saturday.

There will be also booths featuring other nations at the bazaar, which is o­ne of the most famous annual charity events in the city.

There, visitors can buy food, goods, novelty gifts and more from all around the globe as well as participate in auctions and a grand raffle to be drawn at 1pm. Prizes include eight airline tickets to international destinations, furniture and more.

The special attraction of this year is that Santa Claus and his elves, coming all the way from Canada's North Pole to attend the thirteenth charity bazaar.

Hilary Watson, press officer of the Club, said children (and adults too!) would be able to tell Santa Claus what they wanted for Christmas and they would receive a photo of themselves with Father Christmas and a small gift, all for VND20,000.

Admission costs VND100,000 and entry is free after 12.30pm.

Watson said all the proceeds of the bazaar would go to charities and many businesses had donated generously.

The Consular Club of HCMC groups representatives from the Consular missions in the city.

The Club was founded in 1994 and its members meet o­n a regular basis with the main objective of making a contribution towards improving the quality of life of disadvantaged people in southern Vietnam.