Loreto - "Nurturing the future"

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Founded in 2001, until now Loreto Vietnam - Australia Program (LVAP) has lifted thousands of dreams of Vietnamese poor and disabled children through a lot of meaningful activities

From the first step...

Teaching English in Saigon Charity for Children from 1995, Ms. Trish Franklin has clearly understood Vietnamese disadvantaged children^s difficulties. That is the reason why Loreto Vietnam Australia Program (LVAP), the non-government organization for disable and disadvantaged children was founded.

In 2001, LVAP took the first step for its long-time plan by building the Vo Van Thang Elementary School (Hoc Mon District). One year later, LVAP started to support operating expenses for Sunrise Home and Light Home^s activities. After that, in 1999, this organization decided to supply teaching, learning and massage equipment, buses and English programs for students of The Special Nguyen Dinh Chieu School. In this year, Ms. Trish Franklin and Nine Network made the film "A current affair" and got more money to build Sunrise School (Tan Phu District).

... to thousands of king hearts for children

In some first years, most of LVAP fund was from the contribution of Australia, England, France and Vietnam individuals and organizations. However, from 2007, this program's humanitarian spirit has been spreading strongly through Open Air Music Fundraising Festival - LoretoFest. Exciting melodies are the bridge connecting all national and foreign individuals and organizations together lifting

Vietnamese disable and disadvantaged children. Through 3 years, LoretoFest has raised over US$150,000, helping supply facilities, educational and training programs and good conditions for disadvantaged children in order to well communicate to society.

Joining LoretoFest this time, there is the Vietnam top rock singer Pham Anh Khoa as a Loreto ambassador.

Seeing LVAP's success through every year and understanding its valuable meanings for poor children, Pham Anh Khoa shared, "I feel so happy when I enjoy LoretoFest last three years. To me, this is an encouraging award for my career, and I'm very proud of knowing that my songs partly support children to have a better life."

Suboi, a young rapper who takes part in this program for the first time could not hide her emotional feeling, "Thanks LVAP to celebrate the meaningful music festival which gives me a chance to help Vietnamese poor and disable children. I hope that more people will know and support humanitarian activities through this special event."

With its commitment "lifting learners into the future" for Vietnamese children, LVAP has done lots of positive activities in order for more children to go to school and get a better life. Ms. Trish Franklin, the coordinator of this program hopes, "Through this fourth festival we will raise enough fund to continue to complete all LVAP^s humanitarian activities."

LoretoFest 2010 is set to take place on Saturday December 11, 2010 on the lawn of RMIT University in District 7, from 2:30 p.m. to midnight. There will be lots of famous artists joining this big event such as WAGONS, Mojo Webb, Anh Khang, Su Boi, especially Loreto ambassador, rocker Pham Anh Khoa. Tickets for Loreto Fest 2010 are on sale from November 15, 2010 at:

"¢ Commonwealth Bank - 65 Nguyen Du Street, D1

"¢ Juice - 49 Mac Thi Buoi, D1,

"¢ Vino - Number 1, Street Number 2, Thao Dien An Phu,

"¢ Vino - 74/ 17 Hai Ba Trung, D1

"¢ International School of HCMC - 28 Vo Truong Toan St., An Phu Ward, D2

"¢ Boathouse - APSC Compound, 40 Lily Road, Thao Dien, D2

"¢ Acoustic - Ngo Thoi Nhiem St, D3

"¢ RMIT - 702 Nguyen Van Linh Blvd, Tan Phong, D7

"¢ The Tavern - R2-24 Hung Gia 3, Phu My Hung, D7

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