The 38-year-old mum says they wanted to make a difference to kids around the world. “We wanted to focus on children and we researched a bit on different charities and liked what we read about Save the Children.”
Malcolm and Thuy celebrated their children’s birthdays with a fundraiser for Save the Children.
Thuy and Malcolm asked their family and friends to give to Save the Children, in lieu of birthday gifts for the boys.
Malcom set up a fundraising page through the Save the Children website. “He found the process to creating the page smooth and easy,” Thuy shares. Having a way to donate online also made it easy for their loved ones to give a gift.
The birthday fundraiser raised over $2,000. With this amount, Thuy says the Sydney-based family hope to “help the lives of children that are less fortunate because I know the majority in this world aren’t in good places. So I hope that this will help them in any way, just to provide even a glimpse of happiness.”
A heart for charitable giving
This heart for charitable giving stems from Thuy and Malcom’s experience growing up as part of migrant families in Australia. Thuy’s family were refugees, who escaped the Vietnam War.
“My parents escaped the Vietnam War on the boats with my sister. My mum was pregnant with my brother at the time, so she gave birth to him at the refugee camp [in Malaysia].”
The family eventually arrived in Australia, where Thuy and another brother was born. Thuy shares that her parents had to work really hard as self-taught seamstresses.
While their parents worked hard in the family home’s garage, Thuy and her siblings “had everything we needed. I remember the struggles – but they were all about money and cultural adjustments for my parents – but for me I remember it being great.”
Thuy’s life experiences have influenced how she and her husband Malcolm are raising their children to have a greater appreciation of what’s really important.
“I don’t want them to have a life of getting presents and thinking that they’re happy when they get this – that’s not where you find happiness,” Thuy says.