To extend compassion to the children at Children's Hospital 2 in Ho Chi Minh City during the Christmas season, the Institute for Cultural Exchange with France, or Idécaf, on Saturday opened the 'Vide-Grenier Solidaire - Charity Old Goods Fair,” which facilitated the buying, selling, and exchanging of used products that retain value.
Participation in the fair required renting a booth, with a fee of VND1 million (US$41.27). For students, a reduced fee of VND500,000 ($20.64) was applicable.
|Customers visit and shop at a handmade goods stall. Photo: Minh Chau / Tuoi Tre News
The organizers assured that all the proceeds generated from booth registrations and donations placed in the charity box will be directly given to children facing challenging circumstances at the infirmary.
Around 20 booths were presented at the event, predominantly showcasing items such as clothing, stuffed animals, paintings, handbags, chocolate, cosmetics, and various other handmade or gently used items that remain in good condition.
The event drew attendees of various age groups, mostly from 17 to 30 years old. Furthermore, there was notable interest from the international community.
|Dat, 26, the owner of the painting stall, said he had sold about four paintings.These paintings were drawn by university and high school students. Depending on the artists, 50-100 percent of profits will be donated to children at Children's Hospital 2. Photo: Minh Chau / Tuoi Tre News
Nguyen Dieu Huong, a 28-year-old stall owner, expressed her motivation for attending the event.
Upon discovering the organizers' announcement about the charitable gathering on Idécaf Facebook fanpage, she promptly secured a booth to contribute VND1 million ($41.27) to patients at Children's Hospital 2.
Furthermore, Huong affirmed her commitment to donate 100 percent of her proceeds from the event to support the children.
Linh, a fourth grader, helped her mother sell goods at the event.
In a commendable display of community spirit, she also invited a group of her classmates to join.
|Linh (right) and her classmates come to the fair to help her mom. Photo: Minh Chau / Tuoi Tre News
“I feel happy to be able to assist individuals of my age who are facing challenges,” Linh smiled from ear to ear.
Truong, 21, a university student, enthusiastically shared his thoughts at the event where he just bought 5-6 items.
"The ambiance is vibrant, with everyone exuding friendliness. I found the event to be deeply meaningful and compassionate. We could benefit from more occasions like this," he said.
The event organizers will provide a comprehensive update on the total contributions made by participants.
The one-day event wrapped up at 5:00 pm on Saturday.
|At the market, 10 optional teddy bears just cost VND100,000 ($4.13). Photo: Minh Chau / Tuoi Tre News
|A little boy helps his mother look after the clothing counter. Photo: Minh Chau / Tuoi Tre News
|Items at the event are priced affordably, attracting numerous shoppers. Photo: Minh Chau / Tuoi Tre News