Meal stretches all the way to Vietnam
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.”