Family fest to raise donations for HCMC street children

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Poussieres De Vie will hold a family-day festival at the Saigon Zoo & Botanical Gardens in Ho Chi Minh City on December 11 to raise donations for street children.


The HCMC-based non-profit organization, whose name literally means "dust of life", will host sports activities, games, shows and performances during its third annual Kermesse (festival) in the city.


Children and adults will enjoy many activities and games that are traditionally played during family days in France, such as funny races, collective games and agility games to win numerous prizes.


These include wall climbing and the popular "pétanque", the organization said in a statement.


Last year, over 10,000 visitors turned up at the Kermesse, making it one of the most popular charity events in HCMC.


"Dedicated to the little ones, this event is a great opportunity for all families to have fun with great food, on and off-stage shows and popular games in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere," said Catherine Nam-Hee of Poussieres De Vie.


During the day long event, there will be regular shows on the main stage like dance performances with Capoeira demo and shows from Dancenter Dance School, sideshow by the HCMC circus, live concerts, two big lucky draws and many other activities, the organization said.


Several popular restaurants in HCMC will have booths serving French and Vietnamese food along the main alley and all of the proceeds will be given to the charity organization Poussières de Vie to help street children in HCMC.


The event will be held at the Saigon Zoo, Saigon Zoo & Botanical Gardens at 2B Nguyen Binh Khiem Street in District 1 from 9am to 4pm, December 11. Fees include VND12,000 for Zoo entrance and VND10,000 per coupon for food/game.


Created in 2003, Poussières de Vie is a charity organization helping street children in HCMC and in Kon Tum Province. The organization has worked with over 500 children, from 6 to 18 years old, teaching them Vietnamese, English and how to use computers in an effort to get the out of poverty through education and professional integration.

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