Raise Funds and Have Fun at The First HCWA Music Festival

practicalities - Saigon/HCMC: Dec. 2, 2020

What’s happening on the day?

Who does the festival support?

To say that 2020 was a challenging year for us all may be a bit of an understatement! But now, it's a new year and you have the chance to do something fun and help vulnerable children in Ho Chi Minh City, whose support network has been massively affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. 

With Covid-19 restrictions affecting fundraising opportunities for most of 2020, many of Saigon’s charities have struggled to provide for all those who need their help. Thankfully, Ho Chi Minh City Child Welfare Association (HCWA) have weathered the storm and are inviting you, and everyone you know, to Saigon Outcast on Saturday January 9th to support The HCWA Fundraiser Music Festival, and raise money for some of the oldest projects dedicated to children’s rights in Ho Chi Minh City.

Ho Chi Minh City Child Welfare AssociationImage source: Chris Goldberg

With a line up more varied than a Britain’s Got Talent audition, The HCWA Fundraiser Music Festival promises to be a fantastic afternoon that’ll not only be a great tonic to pretty rubbish year, but will also leave you feeling all warm and fuzzy. Knowing that by simply enjoying an afternoon of entertainment and activities, you’ll also be helping support some of Saigon’s most vulnerable young people has got to be a worth a visit to Saigon Outcast, right?

Starting at 11am, the variety of performances, workshops and activities available at the festival is sure to keep every member of the family entertained, and all proceeds will be donated directly to HCWA. Ever fancied learning some circus skills? Now’s your chance! Always thought you’d like to have your Tarot cards read? Now’s the time! Interested in learning how to Paraglide? Why not give it a go?! 

Ho Chi Minh City Child Welfare AssociationImage source: Chris Goldberg

On the stage, a variety of DJ’s, bands and acoustic artists, including Banana HustleVibe Mechanics, and Saigon Dubstation will be providing the tunes, whilst Haus of Gore, Saigon Circus Skills and JK Hobson Comedy will be providing the ‘X-Factor’! Plus, it wouldn’t be a charity event without the chance of winning some top-class prizes in the Raffle and Auction that will be taking place during the day. 

If you can’t make it Saigon Outcast but still want to support HCWA, why not head to the official after event at Soma? Music will be provided by the awesome Hem Hem and the funky monkeys at Funk Sessions, plus entry will be FREE for anyone who has been to the festival at Saigon Outcast (100k entry payable otherwise).

ALL performers, musicians, stall and workshop hosts and organisers at the festival are volunteers, and 100% of money raised will go towards saving poor and abused children from difficult situations via the following projects:

The Little Rose Shelter

The LRWS is a refuge for poor and vulnerable girls, and girls who have been the victims of sexual abuse. LRWS provides provision of all basic needs, counselling, non-formal education and training, recreational activities and more. In addition, LRWS works with local groups and authorities to improve children’s services and children’s rights in HCMC.

Video source: Willis Huynh

The Green Bamboo Centre 

The GBC is an educational facility and drop-in centre for poor and at-risk children. At GBC we do not only provide education and childcare services, we also work towards increasing the capabilities of social workers through education and work-based training.

Video source: Willis Huynh

The Cau Han Project 

The CH is a community-based development project which provides education to poor children, and works with communities affected with HIV/AIDS. CH provides training for social workers, training for young and local people so that they may become educators, and works with local groups, organisations and authorities to improve children’s services and children’s rights in HCMC.

Video source: Cathyvna

The HCMC Child Welfare Association's Prevention and protection against child abuse project 

The Prevention and Protection Against Child Abuse project aims to protect vulnerable children against the threat of child abuse. We raise awareness of child protection and care throughout society, support children from difficult circumstances, and support poor, vulnerable and at-risk children with emergency support, education and healthcare.

The festival will also be attended by SOS Children's Village and The Children of Vietnam Charitable Fund who are also focused on children's rights, human rights, and development issues.

So if you’ve got some spare time and would like to support a great cause, join HCWA at Saigon Outcast on Saturday 9th January from 11am.

For full details visit the Event Page

Image source: HCWA