Australian university donates computers to needy kids

Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology Vietnam has announced the donation of more than 250 computers to a range of different community organizations to assist in the education of young children.

RMIT Vietnam President Professor Merilyn Liddell (4th L) hands over computers to the Sai Gon Children’s Charity (Photo: Courtesy of RMIT)

The computers were presented November 19 to Mr. Nguyen Hoang Van, information technology manager and webmaster for Saigon Children’s Charity, and Mr. Ly Thanh from the Education Division, Binh Thanh District.
 
“We are delighted to be able to pass on many of the computers no longer being used by the university – as a result of our regular five-year upgrade program – to organizations which can pass them on to children who may not otherwise have access to this kind of equipment,” RMIT Vietnam President Professor Merilyn Liddell said today.
 
Receiving the first computers today, Saigon Children’s Charity Director Paul Finnis said the organization enjoyed a close working relationship with RMIT.
 
“We are delighted that we will now benefit from receiving these computers. They will be used at the Thang Long School for disadvantaged children and young people in District 4, and also for our own use in the office where we provide support to 3,500 disadvantaged children with school scholarships in Ho Chi Minh City and across southern Vietnam,” said Mr. Finnis.
 
Mr. Ly Thanh from the Education Division of Binh Thanh District thanked RMIT Vietnam and said the computers will be located in the Centres for Educational Community to assist in illiteracy eradication in Binh Thanh District.
 
Crown Worldwide Vietnam Ltd. is transporting the computers from RMIT free of charge. 

RMIT will also offer computers to HCM City’s Children Hospital I, the General Hospital in the central city of Da Nang, Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation and Australian Charity for the Children of Vietnam.

By Van Huyen

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