President of the Vietnamese Community in Australia (VCA) NSW Chapter , Mr Thanh Ha handed down a cheque for $92,006 to the Action Aid Head of Fundraising , Mr Michael Fogarty and Casey McCowan, Action Aid Program Manager last month at its office in Cabramatta. The hand over was made with the presence of Consul Marford Angeles and his wife Joan Angeles . Also in attendance were officials of NSW Chapter, Maria Tran, Davy Nguyen , Dinh Tan , Peter Linh, Janice Ce and Tuyet Nguyen.
This amount represented net proceeds from street appeals, concert and additional fund raising activities. At the handover, President Ha spoke of the strong emotional connection of the Vietnamese people and the Filipino people . He also cited that the Philippines was a close ally during the Vietnam War and after 1975 , the Philippines opened its hearts and homes to more than 200,000 Vietnamese refugees. ( Chiqui Desphy, a PLCAA Board Member compiled this report) .