Meal stretches all the way to Viet­nam

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Business -

A SPE­CIAL fundrais­ing din­ner at Amarin Thai Restau­rant in Subiaco next week will pay for 200 Viet­namese young­sters to go to school for an­other year, says Platy­pus char­ity chair­man Bob Greer.

Mr Greer founded Platy­pus in 2011 af­ter spend­ing nine months in In­dochina re­search­ing the Viet­nam War for his book Jour­neyA­mongHeroes.

“We are a bare bones lo­cal op­er­a­tion – no pay­roll, no of­fices, no over­heads,” he said. “If we are lucky to have a sur­plus, that goes to mi­cro-bank­ing, where we help poor fam­i­lies en­ter into small pig­gery op­er­a­tions to help them out of the poverty trap many have been in for gen­er­a­tions.

“We are in­spired by old fe­male war he­roes whose sole con­cern is for the fu­tures of their grand­chil­dren. The peas­ants suf­fered ter­ri­bly but they are the salt of the earth and they never waste a help­ing hand.”

Mr Greer said many peo­ple might not re­alise that even a $50 do­na­tion could trans­form the fu­tures of pover­tys­tricken fam­i­lies in Viet­nam.

“Once peo­ple re­alise how a few dol­lars can help change lives, and that no money dis­ap­pears be­tween the floor­boards, they tend to be very happy to help,” he said.

“We have a small, su­perb membership and tremen­dous sup­port­ers. Our part­ner is the Viet­nam Women’s Union and it helps that we have a very strong con­nec­tion with the coun­try and peo­ple we aim to as­sist.”

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