Blue Dragon Book Fair 2017 in Ngaio Town Hall

This year’s Blue Dragon Book Fair will be held in the Ngaio Town Hall on Saturday 20 May to raise funds and support the work of Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation in Vietnam.

Crowds at the Blue Dragon Book Fair 2015Last year’s book fair raised close to $9000 and we are keen to raise a similar amount at this year’s book fair.

There are several ways you can help with the book fair:

  1. Donate any unwanted books, DVDs, CDs or board games/puzzles in good condition. Unless essential, we would prefer to receive the donations after 1 May so they don’t take over our garages for months. See contact details at the end of this story.
  2. We want to form a subcommittee/group of helpers, who would help us in the six weeks leading up to the book fair. This group would help us promote the book fair, and collect and sort books into categories prior to the event. We already have some wonderful supporters who do this and so it’s making it more formal.
  3. If you don’t want to join the group but would like to help, we will need people to sort the books on to tables on Friday night 19 May from 6pm to about 9pm, and also to help on the day. You can also help by spreading the word (e.g. forwarding this email to your contacts, putting up posters we can supply in your workplace or suburb).

Of course, coming along to the book fair and buying books is an important and enjoyable way to support the book fair. You can stock up on a year’s reading for $2 or $3 per book – and support a great cause at the same time.
For more information , contact trustee Iona McNaughton (iona.mcnaughton@gmail.com or  021 799 059 evenings).

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Taupo community pulls out all the stops

A beautiful decoration on one of the tables

A beautiful decoration on one of the tables

A Blue Dragon cake was auctioned

A Blue Dragon cake was auctioned

A fundraising dinner and auction in Taupo on 30 July 2016 has raised around $25,000 for Blue Dragon Children’s Trust in Vietnam, thanks to the generosity of the local community.

Not only did the community volunteer to help with the food and event preparation in the Taupo Golf Club, they also sponsored items for the auction, bought tickets for the dinner and were enthusiastic bidders on the items.

The auction itself, which included a dozen items, raised $16,000.

Michael Brosowski, the founder of Blue Dragon, spoke at the event and told guests that to date, Blue Dragon had rescued 544 young people who had been trafficked – either to brothels or forced marriages in China, to sweat shops in Ho Chi Minh City and to fish factories.

Congratulations to Team Blue Dragon Taupo, who organised this fantastic event: Jo Hoogerbrugge, Tania Flowers, Sue Flowers, Chinh Do, Jen Toms and Sarah Dempsey.

Chinh Do and his band of kitchen volunteers

Chinh Do and his band of kitchen volunteers

Chinh Do and Michael Brosowski

Chinh Do and Michael Brosowski

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Fantastic fundraising weekend in Wellington

The Blue Dragon Book Fair opens in the Ngaio Town Hall

The Blue Dragon Book Fair opens in the Ngaio Town Hall

Blue Dragon Children’s Trust (NZ) and its fantastic team of supporters held a book fair and a movie fundraisier over the weekend of 7 and 8 May. These two events raised a total of $12,145: $3570 from the movie (including $500 in donations on the night) $8575 from the book fair.
All of the money will be donated to Blue Dragon in Hanoi for its various programmes and activities.
The trustees would like to thank you all for your support.

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Fundraising book fair and movie 7 and 8 May

Michael Brosowski, the founder of Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation in Hanoi, Vietnam, will be in Wellington to participate in fundraising events, including a book fair in the Ngaio Town Hall on Saturday 7 May and a movie event at the Penthouse Theatre in Brooklyn on Sunday 8 May.

Michael Brosowski with some young people from Blue DragonThe book fair will run from 9am to 3pm on 7 May. Both Michael and Chinh, a former Blue Dragon child now working in Taupo, will be helping sort books on Friday night and selling books on Saturday.

Supporters, helpers and buyers will be able to talk to Michael about the amazing work that Blue Dragon does. In addition, Michael will be talking at the movie fundraiser.

Trustees of Blue Dragon Children’s Trust (NZ) invite you to join us for a movie, “Florence Foster Jenkins”, and a glass of wine – and meet Michael Brosowski.

The movie tells the story of Florence Foster Jenkins, a New York heiress who dreamed of becoming an opera singer despite not having much of a singing voice.

Blue Dragon's Chinh Do Van is living in Taupo and helps out at the book fair. It stars Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant, and will screen at 6pm, Sunday 8 May, at the Penthouse Theatre, Brooklyn. Tickets are $25 and include a glass of wine, beer or juice.

Last year’s book fair raised close to $8000 and we are keen to raise at least this amount at the 2016 book fair.

All proceeds of both fundraising events will be donated to Blue Dragon to support its work in providing education and training for kids in crisis in Vietnam.

There are several ways you can help with the book fair:
1. Donate any unwanted books, DVDs or CDs. If possible, please contact a trustee and arrange to deliver the donations to a trustee’s house. If necessary, one of us can pick up the books.
2. Please tell friends, neighbours and work colleagues about the call for book donations and the date of the book fair.
3. Contact one of the trustees if you would like to help set up the fair on Friday night 6 May or help on the day.
4. Come to the book fair and buy some books, DVDs or CDS. As always, there will be some great bargains.

Crowds at the Blue Dragon Book Fair 2015

For more information and to buy tickets, contact trustee Iona McNaughton (iona.mcnaughton@gmail.com or  021 799 059 evenings).

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Stars Impact Award for Blue Dragon

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Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation in Vietnam has won a 2015 Stars Impact Award, recognising its outstanding achievements and the impact it’s had on improving the lives of disadvantaged children.

Blue Dragon was one of 24 organisations recognised in this year’s awards. The award also acknowledges the potential for Blue Dragon to expand its work, and has provided a $US50,000 grant to help it develop its organisational capacity.

Here in New Zealand, the Blue Dragon Children’s Trust (NZ) feels privileged to be able to support this organisation in a small way. Blue Dragon grew from an idea of teaching street children in a small coffee shop to an organisation today reaching more than 1600 children every year.

Michael Brosowski and Julienne Carey

Michael Brosowski and Julienne Carey in Paris to receive the award

It offers street children shelter, education, nutrition, health care, counselling, rescue and legal aid, led by a team consisting of social workers, psychologists, teachers and lawyers.

In total, Blue Dragon has reached over 68,000 underserved children since it began working.

Michael Brosowski, who founded Blue Dragon, attended the awards ceremony with Julienne Carey, its Chief Executive.

“The award acknowledges all our donors and supporters around the world, who have stood alongside the children as they aspired to new hopes and dreams. The award also acknowledges the tremendous work put in by staff and volunteers who have helped Blue Dragon grow.”

For more about the award

What is Stars Foundation?
Stars Foundation is an independent charity founded in 2001 and based in London. It invests in organisations and ideas that transform the lives of disadvantaged children and their communities globally.

Muna Wehbe, CEO of Stars Foundation, and Michael Brosowski, Blue Dragon

Muna Wehbe, CEO of Stars Foundation, and Michael Brosowski, Founder, Blue Dragon

On its website, it says: All around the world, effective local organisations are working on the front line in the fight against pressing development challenges. These organisations work tirelessly to provide safe, happy and healthy environments for vulnerable children.

Its awards programmes are designed to support them. Its package of support always includes flexible funding and non-financial support to allow organisations to direct resources where they need it most – to respond to changing realities on the ground, invest in the future, or simply keep the lights on.

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Auction and movie to raise funds for Blue Dragon

umrika1Blue Dragon Children’s Trust New Zealand is holding its annual movie fundraiser on Monday 12 October, starting at 6.30pm at the Penthouse Cinema in Brooklyn, Wellington. The movie is “Umrika”, an Indian comedy-drama written and directed by Prashant Nair.

A small village in India is invigorated when one of their own travels to America (aka Umrika) and details his adventures through letters home, sparking community debate and inspiring hope. But when the letters mysteriously stop coming, the letter writer’s younger brother Rama (Suraj Sharma) sets out on a journey to find him with the help of his best friend Lalu (Tony Revolori). Set in the mid-1980s, “Umrika” won the World Cinema Dramatic Audience Award when it premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.

Umrika2Tickets cost $25 and as in previous years, there will be a brief introduction and auction with some great items up for grabs. The movie itself will begin at 6.50pm and we ask you to be seated by 6.30pm.

Please email trustee Iona McNaughton if you would like to buy tickets. Also, if you could spread the word and let your family, friends and workmates know, that would be really great. 

Watch the trailer.

Auction items to bid on an support Blue Dragon

ITEM 1
$100 Voucher for Restaurant 88, in Tory Street.
Here’s a treat in store. Enjoy the many diverse, delicious and fresh flavours of Vietnamese cuisine in this award-winning, licensed restaurant. Trip Advisor rate it #6 restaurant in Wellington out of more than 600 resturants.

Kindly donated by Restaurant 88.

ITEM 2
Enjoy a Weekend Lakeside in Taupo.
A weekend at a bach at Waitetoko, Lake Taupo, right on the beach – a very special and idyllic place. It sleeps three. The weekend to be arranged by mutual agreement.

ITEM 3
Verge Outfit.
A beautiful linen, blue and white striped summer jacket, teamed with a beautiful navy top. A fresh new summer look.

Kindly donated by Verge Clothing.

ITEM 4
Dinner Voucher from Vista Restaurant.
A dinner voucher for two people at Vista, the popular bistro on Oriental Parade. We have all been there and we know food is always good.

Kindly donated by Vista Restaurant.

ITEM 5
Dinner Party for eight people.
Do you want to entertain your friends at home but can’t be bothered cooking? This is the prize for you! A dinner party for 8, in your own home or in a very desirable Oriental Bay apartment if that suits you better, prepared for you by the Blue Dragon trustees, on a mutually acceptable date. The dinner will include food, wine and excellent waiting staff.

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Sales of coffee house book support Blue Dragon

The cover of Susette Goldsmith's social history of Wellington

The cover of Susette Goldsmith’s social history of Wellington

Susette Goldsmith’s book, Suzy’s: A coffee house history, is described as “an enthralling book dredged with caffeine and spiced with rebellion”. It’s also a lively social history of Wellington in the 1960s and 1970s, and captures some of Wellington’s earliest coffee bars, including The French Maid, the Espresso Coffee Bar and Roy Parson’s bookshop cafe.

Suzy van der Kwast immigrated to New Zealand from the Netherlands in the 1960s and opened Suzy’s Coffee Lounge in Wellington in 1964. Susette has generously donated copies of this book to support Blue Dragon.

Originally on sale for $35, they are now on sale for only $10. Please contact Kirsty Hazledine (kirstyhazledine@gmail.com, 04 385 7002 or 027 222 1037).

 

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