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15 December 2013
CHRISTMAS CHARITY RUN & PARTY
What a fantastic day! Nearly three dozen Hashers and Hash Virgins met at Offshore Bar 1 and, with most sporting Christmas hats or reindeer horns, we joined forces with 'Santa Claus'. Santa’s sleigh and reindeer were 'in for repair', so many kind volunteers with impressively large motorbikes stepped in to assist and ferry Santa and his helpers to the orphanage!
It was an excellent visit indeed - the gifts bought by everyone's kind contributions over the last
couple of weeks were distributed to all the needy and very grateful children. With so many happy kids obviously delighted to see 'Santa' in their home, it was absolutely our pleasure to see their smiling faces.
All too soon, it was time to leave the children to enjoy their gifts while we continued our 'Christmas Charity run'.
We bade our farewells to the children and orphanage staff and, turning off the Ha Long road and up the steep mountainside path, all our Hashers progressed to the iconic Lighthouse on Small Mountain where a short break was taken to enjoy the sites and vistas overlooking Vung Tau.
And then it was time for something new... A 'never seen before' descent had been carved by our Hares a few days earlier through a host of prickly vegetation. The highlight was "Santa's grotto", which had been decorated with tinsel and surprised many.
The trail eventually culminated in a typically VTH3 'awkward' downhill slope yet, with many helpers, everyone managed to safely reach the bottom. We then made our way back to base camp (OSB1) to stow the assets and depart to change into 'civilian' clothes for our Christmas party!
It was a tremendous turn-out, with people of all ages and nationalities - Hashers, families and friends. Our Offshore Bar 1 hosts produced a fantastic dinner which we all enjoyed, and the highlight for many was the Christmas pudding with custard. In true Hash fashion, this was quickly washed down with ice-cold San Miguel beers courtesy of our generous sponsor!
A huge 'Thank you' goes to all who helped make this a super day, doing various things to contribute towards its success. Yet without one man (and a very busy man at this time of year), none of this would have been possible: Our special thanks go to ‘Santa’ who, with his huge white beard, came to help us all make this day such a special one for the children!
Report: RW, Uncle. Hares: Rowdy Water, CNR, Mr Son. Hash Flash: Dracula and other ‘snappers’.