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On Saturday, August 27, 2011, despite Irene growing in size and bearing down
on the US east coast within hours, there was no stopping for the more than 60
folks who reached the inaugural Maison Chance Charity Outing. Many golfers and
volunteers determined to drive 2-3 hours - from Delaware, New York, New Jersey,
Pennsylvania and Virginia - to take part in an event that is dedicated to
GIVING a CHANCE to someone with less fortune.
Many thanks to our sponsors, volunteers and participants for making this
inaugural event a success, under such challenging conditions which made
this event even more special and memorable.
Fund raised: $8,000 for GoVap orphanage & Maison Chance VietNam
Please accept our sincere thanks for volunteering your time and energy.
Your generosity will benefit numerous others in VietNam.
Your support won't be forgotten.
Speaking of support, our good friend John Smallwood from Maison Chance
Australia needs all the support he can get since he currently on a cross country
Here is what he has to say:
“This year, with the support of Maison Chance Australia, I am attempting a new
venture by cycling solo from west to east across the USA. I am now a retiree
and at the age of 66 I realize that I am extremely fortunate to have my good
health and to be relatively fit but I also recognize that I can neither take this
for granted nor assume my ability to take on such ventures will continue forever.
I also firmly believe that whilst I still have the capacity to make a difference I have
a responsibility to help the less fortunate and disadvantaged. I have therefore
decided to make this journey my last major fund raising effort through cycling
in the hope that you will continue to support my efforts by sponsoring my ride.
The ride will take approximately 9 weeks and will involve me averaging approximately
130 km a day. This is a huge commitment by me and I hope that you will recognize
the effort involved and help me reach my target for this year of $50,000.”
He started his epic journey on August 14th and is planning to arrive
in the DC area by mid October to join other friends of Maison Chance in USA and Canada.
We have set up a special blog for you to follow him and lend your support. Money raised
is also going to Maison Chance USA.
Just go to www.BicycleAcrossAmerica.org
To donate to Maison Chance USA, click on DONATE, choose USA and click NEXT.
On the next page, you can pay by credit card or direct bank transfer through PAYPAL
and please mention “TO SUPPORT JOHN’S ACROSS AMERICA CYCLING”.
Coming up in the month of October we have a special event to announce:
October 15, 2011 - 23rd Annual Sea Gull Century Bicycle Ride
If you are looking for friendship, fun, fitness and fundraising recognition -
all rolled into one - then we welcome you to ride your bicycle with us on the
popular Sea Gull Century Ride- along Maryland's Eastern Shore.
A well organized event on relatively flat terrain with no cars is only
HALF the attraction. Food, (including crabcakes - the soul food of Maryland)
fun and an opportunity to meet new Maison Chance Team USA friends -
will make this adventure an overwhelming success.
Trung Nguyen will be the TEAM LEADER (or at least Team Peddler!) for
Maison Chance Team USA in this inaugural event - and would be honored to
have you join his team in this effort - to be fit, and to share in such a
if you would like to ride with his team
at the Sea Gull Century Ride! *Note: Each individual must register BOTH
for the Sea Gull Century Ride and Maison Chance Team USA participant and fundraiser.
Upcoming event: October 16, 2011 – Event to Welcome Tim Aline Rebeaud
and John Smallwood
Join MCUSA to welcome Maison Chance founder Tim Aline Rebeaud,
the Sea Gull Century bikers and John Smallwood after his solo biking
across America to help Maison Chance rebuild life August 14 – October 15, 2011
Date: October 16, 2011
Location: Columbia, Maryland
2pm – 7pm
Food and refreshments will be served
Music by Thanh Tuyen and Ngoc Phu
By Invitation Only - Please Contact
Tim met with Donors and Supporters in Seattle, Tri Cities and Washington DC
Washington DC October 8, 2010 – Two years after the trip that that brought her to North America to raise funds for the construction of Village Chance, Tim Aline Rebeaud came back recently to America to thank the donors and benefactors for their support and to present the latest development at Maison Chance.
In Seattle, Tri-Cities and in Washington DC, the local organizations have also the opportunity to show case the various handcrafts made by
the artisans as well as the oil paintings created by the artists disabled at Maison Chance. One can certainly recognize the significant improvement in the quality and the artistic expressions of the paintings.
Tim has also been interviewed by Voice of America on her passage in Washington DC which can be listened here.
The construction of Village Chance has debuted at the end of 2009 is progressing very well and is expected to be completed in early 2011.
It is the first community housing facilities built in Vietnam which are entirely adapted to the needs of the disabled. It comprises 43 housing units capable of lodging 120 to 130 disabled and their families.
In addition, Village Chance will also have classes for children from grade 1 to grade 5, a community health clinic, a rehabilitation pool for handicapped, a restaurant and workshops where the disabled will be able to work.
To see the pictures of the events in Seattle, Tri-Cities and Washington DC, please click on the cities.
Trung’s Friends Organized a Fundraising Event for Maison Chance in his Honor
Sacramento, December 7 2009 – Dang Thai Trung, the first Secretary of Maison Chance, died in a tragic accident on 22 August 2009. To commemorate the 100 days of his passing, his friends at Sacramento organized a fundraising for the benefit of Maison Chance in his honor. About 200 people came to this friendly event. The commemorative ceremony was very touching and the organizing committee prepared also a good musical program to enliven the atmosphere.
At this occasion and for the first time since the creation of Maison Chance USA, the six members of the management committee had the opportunity to meet together face to face.
After the event, the volunteers went to the cemetery to visit Trung’s grave and pay him a last respect.
To see the pictures of the event in Sacramento, please click on the city.