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A New Chapter

Tea Talk’s 3rd anniversary gala dinner was so much more than a celebration of our achievements. The event that took place on 10th April at The Hanoi Club Hotel was a signifier of our intent within the local community, and provided a platform in which to exhibit our fantastic new psycho-social educational projects. That evening funds were raised for Tea Talk NGO, The Centre for Counseling, Research & Empowering Community (CoRE).

Our guest-of-honor Mr Ng Teck Hean, Singapore Ambassador to Vietnam & Mr Nguyen Vu Kien, Deputy Director of International Relations Department of VCCI, and  over 200 guests from right across the globe joined us that night.  As our smartly dressed philanthropists made their way inside the prestigious showcase room, they were greeted by CoRE’s dedicated team of volunteers, all eager to present the fruits of months of hard work.  



Currently CoRE offers three community-based programs - Counselling Service, Let’s Talk and “Three Cups” of Tea Library. However, in the coming weeks we will be adding a fourth project in the shape of “Skill Me Up’’ – a workshop based learning experience designed to equip children and teenagers with important life-skills that can then be put into practice as they head towards adolescence. 



“Skill Me Up”, along with CoRE’s three other projects, will be covered later in the week, but until then, you can follow these interactive links to gain a greater understanding of our work. – “Skill Me Up” – “Let’s Talk” - “Three Cups of Tea Library” - “Tea Talk Counselling Service”

Once the guests had taken time to learn all about CoRE’s programmes, we were then treated to some of the finest foods Vietnam had to offer, as well as some truly breathtaking musical performances from the likes of awarding winning vocalist Olivia Ong, and classical pianist Joshua Shin.

Undoubtedly, the biggest success story of the night came in the form of a live auction – with all proceeds generating going straight towards CoRE’s community program budget. Guests were able to bid on items ranging from original works of art by talented local school children to one of a kind banknote prints in mint condition.



As the evening drew to a close it was only fitting that Founder of Tea Talk & CoRE, Michael Ong, gave an inspired speech that reminded us all why we care so much about our young generation and the local community as a whole.

The future is looking brighter than ever for Tea Talk and CoRE, and we are all extremely excited for what lies ahead!

For more photos from the Gala, please follow this link to CoRE’s facebook page


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