LoretoFest aims to help disadvantaged, disabled children

VietNamNet Bridge – The Loreto-Viet Nam Australia Programme (LVAP) is gearing up for a large open-air musical concert featuring foreign and Vietnamese artists that will raise funds for the disabled and poor children in Viet Nam.

LoretoFest is an outdoor musical event focused o­n family entertainment and will be held next month o­n the sports field at RMIT University in District 7.

The event will be a diverse mixture of local Vietnamese performers and overseas acts o­n the main stage.

The overseas bands will include I Heart Hiroshima from Australia, Ratatat from the USA and Goo from Thailand. Viet Nam’s Pham Anh Khoa, Thao Trang and the Microwave band will also take the stage.

The festival will be chockfull of children’s entertainments like pony rides, petting zoo, face painting and circus performances and there will be no shortage of diversity in the food and beverage tents that will serve guests.

Reflecting o­n the Loreto Programme’s 12 years of operation as an International Non-Government Organisation (INGO) in Viet Nam, LVAP Programme Co-ordinator Trish Franklin said it had launched 6,000 children "to the heights of their abilities".

"These kids are well o­n their way to a better life because they have been initiated towards qualitative education and learning," she said, adding that when this happened "the effects for the good of the country are as dazzling as this city of bright lights".

All funds raised from LoretoFest events will be given to Loreto Vietnam Australia Programme which will use the money for projects that help bring about the best possible conditions of education for visually impaired, intellectually challenged and underprivileged children.

Funds raised from the LoretoFest 2009 will go towards the reconstruction of the impoverished Long Phuoc Primary School in District 9.

Tickets for Loreto Fest 2009 will be o­n sale at ANZ (District 1,3,5,7), RMIT Viet Nam (District 7), International School of HCM City (District 2), Juice (District 1), Boat House (District 2), Vino (District 1), DanCentre (Binh Thanh District), Kim Hai – The Butchery (District 1), Acoustic Cafe (District 3) and Crumbs (District 1).

Loreto Fest 2007 and 2008 combined raised a total of over US$100,000 through corporate sponsorship and 1,500 tickets sold at each event.

In its third year, Loreto Fest aims to raise even more funds and seeks to bring together over 2000 locals and expatriates.

VietNamNet/Viet Nam News