For the family of Ngoc Le Chan
Many older expats will remember Chan as the young kid from Bread of Life, whilst many newer expats will know him for his unlimited energy as the host with the most at Golden Pine Bar, either way most people remember his unstoppable attitude to life, Chan was not dealt the best hand but lived his life to the fullest, a deaf kid who could somehow overcome his hearing impairment, and skip right past the Vietnamese language barrier and have a conversation with many of us in some type of universal language that just seemed to work.
Chan was involved in an incident where he was apparently struck and suffered head injuries on new years eve and passed away on the 5th January
Regardless of the situation and circumstance around this tragic incident Chan left an impression on many of us over many years, and has left a family behind.
I have started this GOFUNDME at the request of many expats, all the money will go directly to Chan's family, we will run it for a few weeks and make sure the money is available before TET. We are in contact with some mutual friends of Chan and soon will be in touch with family members to discuss how best to distribute the funds raised. This we will report back on when appropriate.
We will monitor the donations and raise the limit as we progress... I know many of you know him personally ,, Don't make me come looking for you :)
I think we can achieve 100mil VND for his family in the next few weeks.
PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS AUD not USD
*** UPDATE ***
In interest of full transparency: along with cash donations received to date we have reached our 10k AUS target, today I have asked for the first withdrawal to take place, as I do not have an Australian Drivers Licence, I have nominated my father to withdraw the money to his account (William Hogan of Queensland) then send to us in Vietnam, all going well we should have the money to Chans Family by the end of next week.
Thanks to Everyone.
For people who have asked about cash donations, I will contact you offline next weekend, and make a time to collect.
We went to the funeral yesterday morning, spoke with the family and are formulating a responsible plan to get the funds to them later next week in accordance with the families wishes and best intentions.