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Formed in 1996, under the Ethnic Exporter’s program of Austrade by the late Fred Fenech OAM The Australia Vietnam Business Council (AVBC) was originally founded as the former New South Wales Vietnam Chamber of Commerce. It was joined later with the Australian Vietnam Business Council functions . The Vietnam Trade Office, Consular and Embassy staff of both Australia and Vietnam have been of great assistance for the past 20 years. …


Introducing The Christina Noble Children’s Foundation Networking Dinner and in Association with the Australia Vietnam Business Council “Celebrating “30” years of the CNCF”

When: Wednesday 19th June

Where: The Bankstown District Sports Club Gillawarna Room – 2nd level 8 Greenfield Parade, Bankstown NSW 2200 P (02) 97229888

Time 6.00pm for 6.30pm to 9pm Cost $55.00 per person Banquet Dinner, Beer Wine and Soft Drinks Included

RSVP: Mr Laurence Strano lgstrano@gmail.com M: 0405 098 857

Dear Members & Friends,

You are cordially invited to attend a special business networking dinner function at the Magnificent Bankstown Sports Club – (Numbers are strictly limited so please book & pay early)

This will be a great opportunity to hear from Guest Speaker Mr Mark Devadason the Global Chairman and International Chair of the Christina Noble Children’s Foundation (CNCF) who will be presenting on the evening –

This will also be an ideal opportunity to mingle with other AVBC members and guests and an opportunity to talk to organisers of the 30-year Gala Dinner being held in Ho Chi Minh City on the 9th of November and to hear an update on all the incredible work which is being undertaken by the Foundation.

The Australia Vietnam Business Council has been a very strong supporter of the Christina Noble Children’s Foundation over many years. Having had a very long and close association through our Chairman – Mr Laurence Strano.

AUSTRALIA – VIETNAM BUSINESS COUNCIL (AVBC) 87 Marsden Street Parramatta NSW 2150 AUSTRALIA TEL: + 61 414566026

Since arriving in Vietnam 30 years ago and Mongolia (1997), Christina and her foundation have established over 160 projects providing education, healthcare and community development humanitarian services to vulnerable and destitute children and their families and poor rural communities.

To date these projects have assisted almost 900,000 children and collectively have impacted the lives of over 1,000,000 children and adults.

30 years on , Christina , her Daughter CNCF CEO Helenita Noble and Grandson Thomas Minter , Director of Operations Mongolia , continue to be the driving force behind the Foundation and who are gratefully supported by its CNCF Board of Directors , all , who are an example that One person really can make a difference . As Christina always says, “There are many one’s and they all add up.”

Should you require and additional information please do not hesitate to contact us

“Remember – the emphasis is on interaction and networking.”

We look forward to seeing you there!

Cost: Includes a Banquet 2 course Dinner $55, includes Light refreshments of Beer , Wine & Soft drink Please pay into the account of the AVBC Via Direct Transfer as early as possible as we must pay in advance or pay CASH AT THE EVENT.

Name of Bank a/c: Australia Vietnam Business Council BSB: 062-000 A/C No: 1310 0488 Bank: CBA swift code: CTBAAU2SXXX

CNCF’s landmark 30th Anniversary Gala Event, A Celebration of the Human Spirit, will take place on Saturday 9th November 2019 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and Saturday 7th September 2019 in Dublin, Ireland, both kindly supported by the Intercontinental Hotels Group PLC. Join us as we celebrate the life of Christina and the many children who, with a great deal of hard work and determination, have gone on to lead heroic lives despite their harsh beginnings. For more information on CNCF’s landmark anniversary, please speak with Laurence Strano or contact the team at the AVBC

Christina Noble Children’s Foundation – 1989-2019 30 Years of Giving Children Back their Childhood www. Cncf .org

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