Vietnam's Kiwi community gathered in Ho Chi Minh City, last week, and raised nearly NZD100,000 (US$73,750) for the Christchurch earthquake relief effort.
Nearly 500 supporters attended a live auction and charity raffle at the Caravelle Hotel. Many of the prizes had been donated by companies based in Vietnam, and the expatriate New Zealand community itself.
"It really is hard to comprehend the generosity of the people of this city on such short notice," said John Gardner, general manager of the Caravelle who lost a dear friend in the earthquake. "The hard work, commitment and work on the midnight oil to make this possible is beyond belief."
Meanwhile, Warrick Cleine, chairman of the New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam, said, "We feel far from home when tragedy strikes, but events such as this bring the whole expatriate and Vietnamese communities together."