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Walk-A-Thon for the Hurricane Victims

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Fund raising team from left to right: Hoang Duc, Khanh Thu, AnhLan and Pham Truc

As of 1/18/99 the amount collected is over

Preliminary Report as of 1/10/99:

The Vietnamese community of Houston and vicinity has organized successfully the Walk-a-thon for hurricane victims in Central America and Vietnam. Van Hoa Khoa Hoc had the honor to be the General Coordinator of this project and it has been a great pleasure to have the oppotunity to work with many other organizations on this meaningful project. There were about 700 registered walkers but if we include all the children and some of our sponsors showing up to support us without registering for the walk, we have about 800 participants for this walk-a-thon and the cash and check received on today's date only is $41,314.01 (including $33,714.01 collected on site plus $7,600.00 collected by Dep Magazine). This amount of money did not include thousands of dollars we raised during the last four weeks plus the sale money of the T-shirts. We sold out all 600 T-shirts and we also expected more money pledged to be collected in the coming week. Hence I am confident to say that the approximate amount of money we raise for this event will exceed $50,000.00. BRAVO! (Our initial goal was $30,000.00 and we far exceeded our goal).

The weather was so nice although the temperature was in the high 30, we had 30 volunteers for the Crowd Control Team (mostly from Hiep Luc, GDPT chua Phat Quang, HVHKH), 25 volunteers for Registration Team (mostly VHKH, CDNVQG and Lions Vietnam), 10 volunteers for Data Entry Team (all VHKH), about 10 volunteers for the Refreshement Team (all Hoi Chuyen Gia VN), 5 volunteers for First Aid Team, 6 volunteers for the Decoration Team and about another 10 volunteers for the Entertainment Team (mostly VHKH and GDPT chua Phat Quang). We also had all Vietnamese broadcasting program reporters participating and reporting about the walk like Little Saigon Radio, VOVN, Bolsa Radio and V-Star Television network. The event would not be successful without all of your wonderful efforts to put the plan together and excecute it very smoothly with minor problems. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for a job well done, and for those of you who still have tasks to complete (data entry team), your help is greatly appreciated.
For those of you who helped to sponsor my walk, I would like to thank you for your support without which I would not have reached my $1000.00 goal.

Best regards,
Anhlan Nguyen
(post this on behalf of the organizing committee)


In response to the devastation left behind by a series of hurricanes in Central America (Mitch) and Vietnam (Dawn, Elvis), a coalition of ethnic groups from Orange County, San Jose and Houston will organize simultaneous walks on Sunday January 10, 1999 to raise funds for the hurricane victims. The aim is to raise funds for the hurricane victims and to show solidarity among the inter-ethnic groups in these areas. All proceeds will be delivered to the victims through the American Red Cross International Response Fund.

Time and Place:

The walk will be held at Memorial Park - 6501 Memorial Drive - Houston, Texas from 10:00am to 1:00pm on Sunday January 10, 1999. The walk-a-thon in Houston is organized by the Vietnamese Community in Houston & Vicinity with the possible participation of other ethnic and Latino communities in Houston area.

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To participate in the walk, the participant will solicit pledges or donations from relatives and friends from school, work or neighborhood and submit them to the organizing committee on or before the day of the walk. All participating communities or groups will organize their own campaigns to publicize the event and mobilize their members. Donors can also make direct donations to the relief campaign by sending their donations directly to the organizing committee.

Pledge cards and Registration forms can be obtained at the following locations:

Vietnamese Community of Houston and Vicinity office 11304 Beechnut (713) 789-3702
Thien Nga Bookstore 2929 Milam Street (713) 520-8013
Ngay Nay Bookstore 8200 Wilcrest #5 (281) 568-6400
Van Hoa Bookstore 2606 Main St. #106 (713) 528-2606
Thang Hung Super Market 11246 Veterans Memorial (281) 999-1239
HongKong III Super Market 10909 Scardale (281) 484-6100
Dep Magazine 12313 Bellaire Blvd (281) 568-7070

Where the donation goes?

Donation to American Red Cross is tax-deductible (receipt will be furnished upon request).
All proceeds from the walk will be distributed to the victims in Central America and in Vietnam per donor's choice. Please make check payable to "American Red Cross - I.R.F" with a memo on the donor's choice (Mitch's victims or Vietnam hurricane victims) and send it to:

Vietnamese Community of Houston & Vicinity (VNCH)
PO Box 131823
Houston, TX 77219-1823.

For more information please contact (281) 495-8936 or (281) 847-3396 or visit web site

Houston Organizing Committee:

General Coordinator: Ms Anhlan Nguyen (Van Hoa Khoa Hoc Viet Nam)
Assistant to General Coordinator: Mr. Phan Trong Han (Hoi Chuyen Gia Viet Nam)
Treasurer: Mr. Hop Pham (VHKH), Ms. Le Ngoc Bich
Publicity: Mr. Nguyen Van Nam (Thong Nhat magazine)
Marketing and Campaign: Mr. Le Phat Duoc (The Gioi - Magazine)
Little Saigon Radio and Bolsa Radio.
Public Relations: Cong Dong with the assistance of VHKH.
Registration and Permit: Lion Vietnam Association
Printing and Publishing: K.T. printing.
Fund Raising: Ms. Tran Kim Vy (Dep Magazine)
Ms. Huynh Tieu Muoi (VHKH)
Hoi Quang Nam Da Nang
Hoi Vo Bi Da Lat
Regulation and Safety Control: Mr. Tran Quang Tich (HO Association)
Crowd Control: Hiep Luc, Gia Dinh Phat Tu and Huong Dao
First Aid: Dr. Nguyen Tien Di (Teamwork)
Refreshment: Hoi Chuyen Gia Viet Nam
Mr. Bui Ngoc Tuyen & Mr. Do Loc
Decoration: Mr. Nguyen Thanh Khiet (Cong Dong)
Technical: Hiep Luc and Van Hoa Khoa Hoc
Registration: Lion Vietnam Association


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