Make A Difference Right Where You Are!

The Lifestart Foundation’s project base is rapidly expanding. You are invited to host a small or large fundraiser from anywhere in the world. Some ideas include hosting a dinner party, a car wash, a trivia night, a fun-run or a walk, a morning tea, a BBQ, a raffle, and perhaps a collection tin at work – OR – you can even Pledge Your Birthday! When it comes to raising funds for the Lifestart Foundation you are only limited by your imagination!

See some examples of previous fundraisers listed below:

Plant & Craft Sales in Victoria Australia

Lifestart Foundaiton Fundraiser Susam MyersFollowing trips to Vietnam, Susan Myers and Helen Rush decided they wanted to do something to help the disabled people they had met. They were impressed with the positive outlook that the disabled women had shown and the lack of self-pity in the face of such adversity. Helen first organised a plant sale at her home in Mornington and continued with further sales at Susan’s home given its close proximity to Melbourne. They raised enough money to pay the rent on the original Lifestart Foundation Workshop at 127 Phan Chau Trinh. Sale items expanded to include chutneys, crafts made by the disabled women in Vietnam, tea and coffee, cakes and scones. Susan and Helen are both committed to making the work of Lifestart Foundation successful and continue to help in the best way they can.

They happily share tips with others who are interested in setting up their own sales and advise that people are always interested in tasty homemade food and plants that help to bring in the interested gardener. They also suggest that setting the right ambiance is important to ensure the day is a pleasant experience for all your guests.

Christmas Wine and Mince-pies in Suffolk, UK

Teresa Williams and Sonya Long organised a Christmas party for friends and family at Teresa’s home in Suffolk in December 2010. Everyone had a really fun evening. As it had been snowing most arrived on foot and Teresa had never had so many coats and boots in the house. They sold products from the Lifestart Foundation workshop which people were able to give as Christmas presents and also accepted donations to take back to Vietnam.

Massage and Pamper Nights in Australia

Angie has organised numerous fundraising activities for Lifestart Foundation. These included two ‘Massage and Pamper Nights’ where guests paid $20 to attend the evening and enjoy champagne and nibbles. She also organised a Bush Dance which was a great success. Other fundraising activities include babysitting, the making and selling of soft toys and donating activities for the Lifestart Foundation Annual Dinner Dance. In total the amount raised to date is around AUD$25,000. The group also created a blog to help with their fundraising efforts.

Bonnie Smart Lifestart FoundationClassical Music Concert in Melbourne, Australia

This classical music concert was organised by Pam Smart to raise money for our Educational Scholarship. Three very talented musicians, David Pereira and Bonnie Smart on cello and Amir Farid on piano, performed pieces such as Chanson de Matin and Mon coeur s’ouvre à ta voix (from Samson and Delilah.) As well as donating all entry costs to the Lifestart Foundation they also organised a stall which sold Lifestart Foundation Workshop products.

The musicians willingly donated their time and gave the audience a wonderful experience. Amir’s competition successes include the prestigious Australian National Piano Award. Bonnie was a scholarship holder in the Australian National Academy of Music’s Advanced Performance Program and is now Director of Studies in Music at Trinity College. During the last thirty years David has established himself as an outstanding and versatile cellist with appointments to top professional positions.

Mid-Winter Dinner in Waiheke Island, New Zealand

Trisha and Robin organised a dinner with friends and family in June 2010. They thought of many ways to fundraise but wanted something that was both easy and fun! Everyone brought along a dish of food, a bottle of wine and $20. Mulled wine was provided by the hosts. The money raised on the day and that donated by those unable to attend was matched by Trisha and Robin, and went towards an Educational Scholarship for a young girl in Hoi An. They were able to meet the student when they visited Vietnam and Trisha volunteered in the Lifestart Foundation Workshop. Read Blog >

e Bond Journals Lifestart Foundation

Selling Hand-made Journals Online

In March 2010, e Bond, a member of the (no name) Art Group produced fifty exclusive hand-made journals for sale and promoted them through the Group. E was planning her trip to volunteer for Lifestart Foundation in Hoi An and the training of workshop members to make new products. To support her trip she needed to fundraise and sold lots of journals. With her travel costs covered, she was able to teach workshop members about the new products she had designed and help them learn new skills as well as develop a sustainable income stream to support themselves and their families.

Production of Oliver at Australian International School, Singapore

As part of the community service program at the Australian International School Singapore, the annual Secondary Drama Production, each year raises money to make a charitable donation. They explore the issues raised through each performance and endeavour to select a suitable charity connected to these issues. In 2010, they performed the stage musical ‘Oliver’ with a cast of over 60 students. One of the issues explored by this amazing production is the impact limited education had on children in the 19th century. With this in mind, they were drawn to the Lifestart Foundation in Vietnam and their support of education programs for underprivileged Vietnamese children.

In 2010, one of the organisers was fortunate enough to visit the Lifestart Foundation Workshop in Hoi An. Following a conversation with Karen, they were convinced the organisation was an appropriate choice. The students enjoyed staging the production and our Year 5 students after visiting the technical rehearsal made a gold coin donation and were very happy to be able to make a contribution. Donating to the Lifestart Foundation made their Senior Drama Production all the more worthwhile.

Karen Partington, Curriculum Leader Drama and Productions, Australian International School Singapore


Lifestart Foundation Memory Portraits

Memory Portraits in Philadelphia, USA

In November 2008 Sherry Berger, founder of (no name) Art Group organised an art exhibition of original portraits of members from the Lifestart Foundation Workshop. Many disabled adults living in Vietnam have faced incredible challenges throughout their lives. These memory portraits not only help honor their heritage and identity, but provide the women with a sense of support from other women around the world. The portraits created by the group were hand-delivered to the ladies in Hoi An (View Blog). You can view more pictures of the event on the (no name) Art Group website

Trivia & Auction Night Followed by Sponsored Cycle Ride in Vietnam

As soon as Peta heard there was going to be a charity bike ride through Vietnam for the Lifestart Foundation she was on board straight away. “I had never really ridden a bike for any long distance but wanted to be part of the fun, however, the hardest part was that we had to raise AUD$10,000 to participate (for her and her partner Simon).” recalls Peta. As a local and also having a small business, I started the ball rolling and sold Cadbury chocolates to all my clients.

Peta Lifestart FoundationThen Peta decided to organise a Trivia and Auction Night. She started by asking everyone she knew in business for donations on the night. The number of generous people who wanted to donate was heart warming. Then, with the wonders of the internet, Peta emailed every possible tourist attraction/business she could think of. Just by asking she got some great donations, including a walk across the Sydney Harbour Bridge!

Peta was also lucky enough to have her photo in the local newspaper and was invited to speak on the local ABC radio station. This exposure was not only great for the fundraising night but also for the Lifestart Foundation and the wonderful work being done by Karen in Hoi An. A lot of work was involved organising the Trivia and Auction night, but it was a huge success with 120 plus people turning up to support the event and AUD$10,000 raised.

Peta’s reward at the very end was a proposal in front of the whole cycling group. Now, two years later, she is married with a beautiful little five month old girl. Peta and Simon are looking forward to the day they can take their daughter to Hoi An to meet everyone.