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Autogrill VFS F&B brings Mid-Autumn Festival to disabled children

Released at: 10:55, 27/09/2018

Autogrill VFS F&B brings Mid-Autumn Festival to disabled children

Photo: Autogrill VFS F&B

More than 700 orphaned and disabled children enjoy a happy festival.

by Khanh Chi

The leading food and beverage operator at international airports in Vietnam, Autogrill VFS F&B, recently launched a pilot program under the working title “Helping Hands” to give back to the communities where it operates.  

With a desire to bring joy to those with difficult lives and encourage environmentally-friendly behavior, activities involve bringing a brighter Mid-Autumn season to more than 700 orphaned and disabled children and cleaning up local areas. Activities took place from September 20 to 22 at its five branches: Noi Bai, Tan Son Nhat, Da Nang, Cam Ranh, and Phu Quoc, where staff were mobilized and volunteered with great enthusiasm.

At Autogrill VFS Noi Bai, the event gathered around 40 staff who organized a Mid-Autumn Festival for around 100 disabled children at the School for Nurturing and Educating Children with Disabilities in Hanoi’s Soc Son district.

On the central coast, 50 employees from Autogrill VFS Da Nang brought Mid-Autumn gift packs and 300 kg of rice to 70 underprivileged children at Hope Village. 

Down the coast, 50 staff of Autogrill VFS Cam Ranh brought 200 gift packs featuring paper lanterns, fresh milk, notebooks, mooncakes, and five kilograms of rice to 200 underprivileged children at Ba Cum Nam Khanh Son Primary School in Khanh Son district in Khanh Hoa province. The team also worked to clean up West Beach in Cam Ranh.

In Ho Chi Minh City, 40 volunteer staff of Autogrill VFS Tan Son Nhat and a National Team organized a clean-up of Can Gio Beach and handed out 60 Mid-Autumn gift packs and 200 kg of rice to disabled children.

Autogrill VFS Phu Quoc, meanwhile, mobilized around 50 associates to hold a Mid-Autumn Festival for 100 underprivileged children on Tho Chu Island. Besides gifts, the branch also provided 500 kg of rice. On September 22 the team cleaned up Dinh Cau Beach.

The “Helping Hands” program aims at assisting in providing life’s necessities to those less fortunate and a little joy through annual celebrations and participates in environmental initiatives that inspire its people to create a better and cleaner tomorrow.

Besides community and environmental care, the program also focusses on practicing waste minimization and sustainability, providing vocational training to people in need, and stimulating the local economy and enriching communities through consuming products from local suppliers and providers.

“Although it begins with a single day, Helping Hands is expected to act as a springboard for long-term actions that could transform Autogrill VFS F&B and the community around us,” said Mr. Simon Stansfield, Managing Director of Autogrill VFS F&B. “This is a day we have all begun to look forward to in our calendar as it provides us the opportunity to give back. We believe this is an important initiative to make local communities better places to be for all.”

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