Consular Club organizes charity bazaar to raise funds for underprivileged

The International Charity Bazaar of the Consular Club in Ho Chi Minh City attracted thousands of local residents and expats on Saturday

1. Thousands flock to the 23rd International Charity Bazaar of the Consular Club in Ho Chi Minh City on November 26, 2016.

The International Charity Bazaar of the Consular Club on Saturday took place in Ho Chi Minh City, attracting thousands of local residents and expats.

The annual event, which was in its 23rd year, saw the participation of numerous booths from countries including Germany, Kuwait, France, the UK, the U.S., Indonesia, India, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Russia, China, Thailand, Japan and Vietnam.

With the tradition of bringing cultures together, the booths showcased products representing their countries’ respective cultures.

Shrouded in a Christmas atmosphere, the bazaar featured a wide range of items, from clothing, souvenirs, food, to agricultural products.

Paintings made from rice and other souvenirs from Vietnam also drew the attention of many foreign visitors.

The event also featured some cultural combinations.

Pham Phi Hang, an employee at the U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City, sold here calligraphy paintings that have texts written in English in the hope of promoting the art.

“I hope people will love them as young people can buy them for decoration or as gifts for their beloved ones. Foreigners can also buy them as presents for friends in their country,” Hang, who said she spent around six months finishing her artworks, told Tuoi Tre News while holding a painting with the calligraphy “Vietnam” on it.

Australian Denise Losew, who has lived in Vietnam for four years and visited the annual bazaar three times, said she loves coming to the event because of the “wonderful” products it sold.

Besides, she also praised the bazaar because it raised funds to donate to underprivileged people.

According to the organizers, the funds raised at this year’s bazaar will be used by the Consular Club for charity projects next year to improve the life quality of the most disadvantaged groups in Ho Chi Minh City and surrounding provinces.

The Russian cuisine booth was one of the most crowded booths at the 23rd International Charity Bazaar of the Consular Club in Ho Chi Minh City on November 26, 2016. Photo: Dong Nguyen

Calligraphy paintings displayed at the U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City’s booth at the 23rd International Charity Bazaar of the Consular Club in Ho Chi Minh City on November 26, 2016. Photo: Dong Nguyen

Visitors look at the paintings made from rice at a Vietnam booth at the 23rd International Charity Bazaar of the Consular Club in Ho Chi Minh City on November 26, 2016. Photo: Dong Nguyen

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