Friday, 6 February 2015

KOTO Charity Dinner @ Wednesday January 28th

Lots to report for H2H since our last post. As of now, nearly all of the riders have a bicycle and have been out on training rides, including the riders who were waiting for what seemed like an eternity for some Giant Escape IIs to arrive. We've had a few team meetings and social events, as well as a short workshop on bicycle maintenance. As of now, we're at about 20% of our goal - that's $7,974.60 out of $40,000.00 USD.

The highlight of January, however, was the KOTO dinner on Wednesday the 28th. KOTO, or Know One, Teach One, is a service that provides two year training programs to at risk youth in the hospitality and restaurant business. They have a restaurant in Saigon and another in Hanoi. You can check out their website here: KOTO. They held a formal dinner for which the H2H riders had been selling tickets for the better part of the month. The final ticket tally was in the vicinity of 120, and the total amount raised was about $1250 USD, or 26 million VND.

The word on the street was "Dress to Impress", and that we did. Everybody looked great, and the food was top notch, as it always at KOTO. We also held a raffle (which accounted for the bulk of the money that was raised) in which several of our sponsors and partners donated gifts. These were:

  • Two annual passes for Loud Minority shows, valued around 3.5 million each.
  • Two VND500,000 vouchers to The Bike Shop in D2. 
  • Two Australian wines from Spotted Cow
  • VND300,000 vouchers to Khoi Thom and Tuk Tuk Thai Bistro

There was also a presentation from Chris Rolls and Mike Tatarski, our fearless leaders, and a great musical performance from Ms. Cu, the lead singer of a local band called White Noize. If you were one of the two lucky people who got an annual pass for Loud Minority shows, I'm sure you'll be seeing more of her and her band!

The night was great, and it seemed like everyone had a good time with some fancy food and drink. Personally, the highlight of the evening for me was getting a chance to see one of the charities that we'll be helping firsthand.

Here are some pictures of the night:

- post by Isaac Luchini

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