THANK YOU TUNG SHING GROUP AND HANOI HOTEL FOR THE MOON CAKE DONATION SINCE 2010

Dear Members and Friends,

2020 has been a year of many disruptions and much uncertainty.

Vietnam went from panic lockdown in the early days to become one of the most successful countries in containing COVID-19 to dealing with the recent cases mainly in Danang right now, all in a matter of months.

Business has not been easy for many, and we witnessed closure of some while others are now into alternative business products during the pandemic to stay afloat.

At HKBAV, we continue to provide coordination and support to our members, working with the HK and Vietnam government while applicable, to ensure information are disseminated in the most timely and accurate fashion.  We now spend most of our time cultivating the digital platform for information sharing from news to alert to webinars, swiftly moving into some previous unknown territories.

We continue our commitment to the most vulnerable and those under privileged in Vietnam through our Charity Funds this year. Committed donations were still being made and ad hoc donations for COVID-19 went out as per approved by the Board also.

Usually at this time of year, we will be preparing for the Moon Cakes Charity Sale for Mid Autumn Festival where we had raised thousands of dollars annually.  This year will have to be different because of COVID-19.  There were much challenges to ensure the safe delivery of the products from our sponsor to our members and then to their recipients. And for that very reason, HKBAV has decided that we will not be engaging in Moon Cakes Charity Sale this year and asked that our supportive members to donate the money directly to those who are in much needs during the pandemic.

We would like to take the opportunity to thank Tung Shing Group and Hanoi Hotel for the support and donation to the Moon Cakes Charity Sale since 2010 which at the height of the program, we were receiving and selling 500 boxes a year adding significant funds to our Charity Fund.

While we are preparing when we can get together again and hopefully soon, we won’t be taking any unnecessary risks in organizing any in-person events until it is first allowed by the government.  We were lucky to have enjoyed our 99 days of no community infection and we will wait it out again.

Until we meet again, wear your masks, wash your hands and stay healthy.

Your sincerely,

Michael Chiu
Chairman, HKBAV

CHINESE VERSION / 中文譯本

尊敬的會員和朋友,

2020是充滿了挑戰和變數的一年。

在短短幾個月內, 越南從早期被評為反應過度至成為全世界極少數成功有效控制及處理冠狀病毒的國家, 現在又正努力應付新疫情爆發在峴港。

在疫情期間,我們見證了許多企業陷入困境,甚至關閉。不少企業選擇轉營以維持營運。

越南香港商會在這期間繼續為會員提供協調和支持,與香港和越南政府合作,確保及時和準確地提供信息。我們現在集中使用數碼平台,進行信息共享及更新,又以網絡研討會形式繼續交流,一同體驗一些之前從未體驗過的事情。

我們繼續恪守對越南弱勢群體和貧困者的承諾,使用慈善基金來幫助他們。計劃中的捐贈仍在進行,計劃外的捐款比如贈予處理冠狀病毒醫院的保護衣物也得到董事會的批准而進行.

每年這個時候,我們將為中秋節的月餅慈善義賣做準備,每年都成功籌集數千美元。由於冠狀病毒,今年比往年增加了難度,特別是如何確保產品從我們的贊助商安全運送到會員手上,再送到收禮者的手上而不被污染。因此,越南香港商會決定今年取消 “月餅慈善義賣”,懇請有心的會員直接幫助有需要的人。

藉此機會, 越南香港商會再次感謝東成集團和河內酒店從2010年以來對“月餅慈善義賣”的支持和捐贈。在高峰時候, 我們一年銷售約500盒月餅,為越南香港商會慈善基金帶來可觀的善款。

我們正安排越南香港商會下一次聚會,但我們不會冒不必要風險去組織任何活動,直至得到政府的允許。越南曾經99天沒有社區傳染的日子,我們相信那些日子很快就會回來。

在我們再次見面之前,請佩戴口罩,勤洗手及保持健康。

此致敬禮

趙錦光
越南香港商會會長