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Having a Heart

26 September 2016

Learning about social responsibility and caring towards others is an essential part of the British International School education. We encourage the all-round development of our students from Early Years right through to our IB Students, taking them out of the classroom and into the community.  

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Our community service department, with support from our superb Parent and Teacher Groups, have built a diverse network of partners and projects that our students can get involved in. Heartbeat Vietnam is one such charity.

Heartbeat Vietnam is a programme run by Vina Capital Foundation. Its purpose is to raise awareness and to fund life-saving heart operations for financially disadvantaged children. Last year, as a part of their awareness project, our Year 12 students visited children at An Phu Primary and Tu Xuong campuses to tell them a little bit more about Heartbeat Vietnam.

Three boys from An Phu Primary were so moved by what they heard they went on to do something quite amazing.

Ben, George and Issac decided to hold a garage sale because they “wanted to raise $1000 US Dollars to help a poor Vietnamese child to have heart surgery to save his or her life.” 

Their self-driven efforts were richly rewarded a few weeks ago, when they went to visit the little girl whose life they saved in hospital following her surgery.

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What was it like to meet Gia Han?

Ben:  It was actually amazing. When we met her she had got much stronger and she could carry heavy bags after her operation.  She was wearing a little pink dress. It made me feel that I wanted to do more work to help others. I have other projects being planned to raise money in the future.

What inspired you to raise money for Heartbeat Vietnam?

Isaac:  My brother and his friend were having a garage sale because they had too many toys to play with and too many clothes that did not fit them anymore. We knew that there were children that needed help and the hospital that we visited needed some extra money.

How did you manage to raise so much?

George:  Many of our friends from school and our school community came and bought things from our garage sale. They supported us.

What advice do you have to anyone who wants to raise money for charity?

Ben: To do one heart operation cost $1000 and that is quite a lot of money. We don’t need the many things that we have. If we sell them and donate money to others this help those with heart problems and hopefully, may even stop any having problems in the future. Why not try raising money yourself.

The boys put together a wonderful presentation, following their visit, which they shared with their classmates and year group. View it here.

Our community service department is extremely proactive in encouraging our students to get involved with a diverse range of projects and partners.  You can find out more about the work that they do here

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