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The Kianh Foundation holds first fundraising dinner in London to transform the lives of children with special needs and their families in Vietnam – Wednesday 3 June, London
For only £48 per ticket, you will make a positive impact on children with disability and their families in Vietnam, network with Chinese and British community in London and enjoy a delicious Thai meal and two glasses of wine at the renowned Umami restaurant

13 May 2015, London – To celebrate the annual International Children’s Day, The Kianh Foundation, a UK and Vietnam registered charity organisation for children with disability and their families in Central Vietnam, is holding its first-ever fundraising dinner in London on 3 June 2015.

The Kianh Foundation (UK reg no: 1094902; Vietnam reg no: AU348/UB-HD) has 14 years experience in providing high quality special education, physiotherapy, speech therapy and access to dental care for children with disability. Dien Ban was bombed heavily during the war and has over 1,000 children without access to vital support services.

Jackie Wrafter, Co-Founder and Director of The Kianh Foundation, explains why funding is much needed at this particular point of time: “The Kianh Foundation is at an interesting time in its development. In 3 years we have quadrupled the number of children and families supported by our Centre. With around 95 children attending our services, we are basically full-up and have over 30 children awaiting sponsorship.

“Also, the Vietnamese officials have recently granted an additional 1,000 square meters of land behind our Centre for us to extend our programme to help the children and families on our ever-growing waiting list. Now we just need to find some generous donors to make it happen.”

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The Kianh’s daycare centre in Central Vietnam













The charity dinner is set to be a special and enjoyable evening. Here are three reasons why you should join this worthy cause:

1. Making positive impact on children with disability: By participating in the dinner, you are contributing to the life-transforming work the Kianh is doing on the children with disability and their families. The net proceeds from the dinner will be donated to Kianh. For only £40 per month, you are supporting a child to come to Kianh’s daycare centre to receive:

• A programme specially adapted to develop your child, consisting of physical therapy, education, communication, behaviour management, or a combination of all these things
• Education about basic life skills and good hygiene
• A safe, clean and happy learning environment and a chance to make friends
• A highly nutritious daily meal
Information and education for the family about how to best support their child’s needs
• An annual dental trip
• Medical advice and referral where necessary
• Social trips

2. Fine food and wine & lucky draw: For only £48 per ticket, you will enjoy a 2-course authentic Asian meal (1 main and 1 dessert), and two glasses of wine or juice in Umami (the word literally means “ A pleasant savoury taste” and is the 5th basic taste after sweet, salty, bitter and sour), the newest addition to the Kensington and Chelsea restaurant scene. There will also be a lucky draw with amazing prizes sponsored by Umami and Crowne Plaza London Kensington Hotel.

3. Great networking opportunity: You will have the chance to meet and network with some 50 business professionals from all sectors, including honourable guests Mei Sim Lai OBE DL, Her Majesty The Queen’s Representative for London Borough of Brent and Chairman of Mulan Foundation Network amongst various positions she holds for; and Key Sponsor Crowne Plaza London Kensington General Manager Edward Bracken.

Umami Restaurant, London









Please register for this delicious, worthy charity dinner now!

Date: 3 June 2015, Wednesday
Time: 6.45pm for a 7.30pm start and finish by around 9.30pm
Venue: Umami, a Pan-Asian influenced restaurant, at Crowne Plaza London Kensington, 100 Cromwell Road, London, SW7 4ER UK
Nearest tube station: Gloucester Road followed by a two-minute walk
Dress code: Business casual
Price: £48 per person, all inclusive

Payment details: Bank: NatWest; Name: The Kianh Foundation; Sort-code: 010004; Account no: 15477509; Reference: Your full name

The net proceeds from the dinner will be donated to The Kianh Foundation.

Please RSVP at your earliest convenience as seats are limited: Sally Maier-Yip at, with your full name, company name, email address and telephone number.

The Kianh Foundation would like to give its special thanks to the following generous sponsors to make it happen:
Umami & Crowne Plaza London Kensington Hotel, official sponsor for the venue, part of the food and drinks and three lucky draw prizes
See Li, official photographer of the evening

We are very much looking forward to seeing you on 3 June!

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Notes to the Editor: 
For any enquiries about the charity dinner or any requests to speak to the Kianh Foundation, please contact Sally Maier-Yip at or on +44 (0)784 13 77 018.

About The Kianh Foundation:
The Kianh Foundation is a grass-roots UK-registered charity founded in 2001 by Jackie Wrafter and her friend Jacci Bulman to address the desperate need for improved care and development for children with disability living around the Hoi An area of Central Vietnam.
It is managed full time in Vietnam by 2 western professionals: Jackie Wrafter (Director and Co-Founder) and Nick Keegan (Director of Business Development). Collectively, they have 24 years of experience working in the development sector in Vietnam. The Foundation has well-established and developed relationships with local and central government authorities and is very experienced at dealing with the numerous social, economic and political issues that are a fundamental part of development work in a developing country.
The Foundation has no religious, political or governmental affiliations.


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About Umami: 
Umami, the newest addition to the Kensington & Chelsea restaurant scene, is perfectly located on Cromwell Road, just around the corner from Gloucester Road underground station.
Umami (the word literally means “ A pleasant savoury taste” and is the 5th basic taste after sweet, salty, bitter and sour), offers a range of authentic dishes from Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam as well as some newer signature dishes. Many dishes are available in two sizes “Tasting Portions” and “Sharing Portions”, encouraging guests to share and try many of the unique flavours, whilst the set Tasting Menus offer an effortless way to dine your way around the South China Sea. All this can be enjoyed in an informal yet stylish contemporary setting with design influenced by a Feng Shui Master from Singapore.


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