Buy a brick
Much as I like spending time scoffing on the street, I'm glad I don't have to live on it too. KOTO restaurant, a registered Australian charity, in Hanoi helps train street kids and disadvantaged youth get off the street, get their shit together and a career path lined up in front of them. But, they have to move premises and they need cash. A whopping great $80,000 to be exact. Fellow blogger Our Man in Hanoi is on the case, but he needs help:
"We're developing a scheme whereby people can buy bricks in the new building. If you're an ex-pat then buy a brick as a permanent reminder of your time here. If you've never even visited then buy a brick and then resolve to come and see it. If you just want to play a real part in changing a street kid's life for the better -then buy a brick. They're $50 each."
Now here's where you guys come in. If you have a blog, I'd be grateful if you could copy and paste this post onto your blog page and encourage your blogrollers to do the same. That's a whole lot more eyes with wallets and credit cards than come to Noodlepie and Our Man in Hanoi combined. You could always buy a brick too. Personally, I can't think of a more ethically sound Christmas present to stuff in your nearest and dearest's stocking. Great for foodies and I can vouch for the scoff at KOTO too. These streetkids know their nosh. Well tasty.