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Consular Club resumes Charity Bazaar

Text and photos by Nhu Phu

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After a two-year pause due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Consular Club’s Annual International Charity Bazaar resumed in HCMC on November 12, featuring 70 booths from 20 countries.

The 27th bazaar showcased various products such as handicrafts, clothes, scented candles, bags, jewelry, food, and wine from Italy, Canada, Britain, Japan, Indonesia, Vietnam, the Netherlands, Thailand, Singapore, and Malaysia. The meaningful event, held at the Caravelle Hotel in downtown HCMC, attracted hundreds of guests.

All the money raised at the bazaar will be used to fund social projects mainly targeting poor students and underprivileged children in Vietnam.

The Consular Club of HCMC is an established volunteer-run charity of almost 30 years working to improve the living quality of disadvantaged people in Vietnam, focusing on aid for orphans, the disabled, the elderly, and ethnic minority groups.

Representatives cut a ribbon to launch the 27th Annual International Charity Bazaar
Members of the Consular Club of HCMC pose for a group photo
Guests look at products at a booth of Indonesia
Items such as bags, bookmarks, and some accessories upcycled from old school uniforms
Jewelry on display at a booth of India
Various products from the Netherlands
A guest tries a bracelet
Consul General of Thailand in HCMC Wiraka Moodhitaporn poses for a photo at the food booth of the Royal Thai Consulate General in HCMC
Mango-sticky rice, one of Thailand’s famous specialties, is on display at the bazaar
Agustaviano Sofjan, Consul General of Indonesia in HCMC, shares his feeling about the international charity bazaar
A visitor at a booth of organic products
A food booth of Singapore
A hall crowded with guests to the 27th Annual International Charity Bazaar
Scented candles on display
Books showcased at a booth of Canada
Milena Padula (in red), president of the Consular Club, talks with the acting consul general of Kuwait in HCMC
Watanabe Nobuhiro, Consul General of Japan in HCMC, poses for a photo at a booth of products made from Japanese silk fabric
Hand-woven products put on sale at the bazaar
The Consul General of Japan in HCMC reads a lucky number of the draw, part of the bazaar

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