Maribyrnong’s Vietnamese Community raising $500,000 for the Good Friday Appeal

NO ONE could say the Vietnamese community hasn’t given back to Victoria.

This year, it is celebrating 40 years of settlement in Australia and, as a way of saying thanks, the people want to raise $500,000 for the Good Friday Appeal.

A concert featuring traditional singing, dancing and performances will be held in Footscray next Friday (April 3).

It is one of the many fundraising events to be held through the year to support the Royal Children’s Hospital.

Vietnamese Community in Australia Victorian chapter vice-president Viv Nguyen said they wanted to show their gratitude given the generosity shown after the end of the Vietnam War.

“Many of us, particularly those who came to Australia in their teens and who now have children, have come through the children’s hospital in some shape or form so it touches all of us,” she said.

Over 10 years from 1976, 94,000 refugees from Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam settled in Australia.

The concert, organised by the Footscray Asian Business Association, will be held in Leeds St from 11am to 5pm.