Thursday, October 21, 2010

Beers For Books, Hanoi

What a fantastic event this turned out to be!

A while back I was approached by Gary Bremermann, from Tokyo, and asked if I was interested in the Beers For Books concept. he'd seen a Twitter feed by Greg Koch of Stone Brewing Co. which mentioned a youtube video of a gathering of the Hanoi Handcrafted - Brewer's Guild that I'd posted.

Anyway, I approached House Husbands United - Hanoi to see if they'd be interested in leading the charge on getting this type of event up and running here in Hanoi. Several meeting later and 20.10.2010 Beers For Books at Le Pub Xuan Dieu was born.

Beers For Books supports the charity, Room To Read and it's activities in several countries around the world. Until the hanoi event, fundraising has never been conducted in a country that was a recipient of donated funds.

The 20.10.2010 event was generously supported by sponsors who committed approx. 10,000 USD worth of prizes and products to the event for auction or raffle. As a result, just over 2,300 USD was raised on the night through drink sales, raffles and a silent auction. This event has shown that, in Hanoi, at least, it is possible to raise funds locally to support children's literacy initiatives currently being pursued in country.

It was a wonderful feeling to be involved with such an event and I look forward to seeing this type of event spreading to other Vietnamese cities, and also for local Vietnamese to take up the reigns and drive such fundraising forward into the future.

Until the next time,

It's Your Shout, Mate!

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