During this busiest time of the year, everyone is hurtling to prepare for Tet holiday. Some comes back hometown, and the other some stays in the exciting and crowding city to make some money in the holiday time.
For awhile ago, you sure heard of some called Ice bucket challenge which spreads worthwide on Facebook and the Internet. For me, I think of a challenge called Banh Mi challenge.
If you are an expat living in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam or if you a white collar with a decent office job, would you ever thought of that Banh Mi (a Vietnamese style sandwiches) is a luxury food to have? Most of the time, this is considered a kind of affordable street food, yet for some good quality Banh Mi, such as Nhu Lan and Huynh Hoa located in District 1, it is a kind of luxury food since some lottery ticket sellers and xe om drivers might not pay that much (around 30,000 – 50,000 vnd for one piece).
Purpose: Share happiness with others and introduce your famous street food to the world while you can participate in a fun and meaningful charity
- Gather a group of people as many as it could be.
- Raising fund for buying Banh Mi, or you can contribute in another way by drive you bike full of petrol to deliver Banh Mi
- Coordinate the work and brief the task.
- Some will buy as many as Banh Mi from Nhu Lan and Huynh Hoa (those are two shops which I could think of since their sandwiches have many meats, picked food, cucumber stuffed inside, and those are the delicious street food with high quality).
- Some will navigate the route and identify low-income people, for example, homeless people, old ladies selling lottery tickets, wandering children selling lottery tickets or children beggars, or anyone which you think that a Banh Mi would cheer up their hardworking day with a warm smile and a full belly.
- Once all the sandwiches are in head, then it is time to split up every corner of District 1 to deliver Banh Mi to identified targets.
- Remember to take pictures and capture some funny moment while you do your charity
- Record all the Banh Mi that you share to the low-income and their families
What is the fun part?
- To beat up your competitors with a high record number of Banh Mi that you deliver.
- Share the happiness with others and enjoy the moment.
- Introduce your famous street food to the world.
Wanna make it more challenging? Invite your foreign friends to participate. Send them out to deliver the Banh Mi without the help of a translator. One idea is that you could ask them to write one sentence in English or their native language; then, you can help them translate in Vietnamese. When they approach someone, show them that little hand-written piece of paper and a smile, that is all you need to start having fun, or even you might don’t need anything at all, but a sincere and touching smile and a careful heart.
When: It could happen anytime at the end of the week at which people have their time off from work and the others still work for a meal on their table.
Where: It starts first in District 1, downtown, which is a glamor and beautiful part of the city. It shines in the morning, and lights up at night with coffee shops, restaurants, bars and many other entertainment activities as long as you have money to pay for that. Behind the curtain, it is a hard life of people in the other side, who have to live in small alleys in a small house with a big family, and have to work in the early morning till the end of the evening to earn their living.
It is an idea at first, but I desperate to make it into a dream come true.