A New Chapter
Tea Talk’s 3rd anniversary gala dinner was so much more than a celebration of our achievements. The event that took place on 10th April at The Hanoi Club Hotel was a signifier of our intent within the local community, and provided a platform in which to exhibit our fantastic new psycho-social educational projects. That evening funds were raised for Tea Talk’s partner NGO, The Centre for Counseling, Research & Empowering Community (CoRE).
Our guest-of-honor Mr Ng Teck Hean, Singapore Ambassador to Vietnam & Mr Nguyen Vu Kien, Deputy Director of International Relations Department of VCCI, and over 200 guests from right across the globe joined us that night. As our smartly dressed philanthropists made their way inside the prestigious showcase room, they were greeted by CoRE’s dedicated team of volunteers, all eager to present the fruits of months of hard work.
Currently CoRE offers three community-based programs - Let’s Talk; Tea Talk Counseling and Three Cups of Tea Library. In the coming weeks we will add a fourth project called “Skill Me Up’’ – a workshop designed to equip children and teenagers with important life-skills so they can have a enriching adolescence. Do check out these videos:
Once the guests had taken time to learn all about Tea Talk’s programs, they were then treated to some of the finest foods Vietnam has to offer, as well as some truly breathtaking musical performances from the likes of awarding winning vocalist Ms. Olivia Ong, and classical pianist Joshua Shin.
Undoubtedly, the biggest success story of the night came in the form of a live auction – with all proceeds generated went straight towards CoRE. Guests were able to bid for items ranging from original works of art by talented local school children, art work donated by students from Concordia International School Hanoi, one of a kind banknotes in mint condition, and personally signatured album by Ms. Olivia Ong.
As the evening drew to a close it was only fitting that the Founder of Tea Talk & CoRE, Mr. Michael Ong, gave an inspired speech that reminded us all why we care so much about our young generation and the local community as a whole. The future is looking brighter than ever for Tea Talk and CoRE, and we are all extremely excited for what lies ahead!
For more photos from the Gala, please follow this link to CoRE’s facebook page: