KOTO Dream Ride 2018

There are only two weeks left until one of our biggest fundraising events – The KOTO Dream Ride 2018. This year, as well as the full 55km route, we are also offering a 25km option to encourage more junior riders to take part in the ride. The 25km riders will finish at the ancient Citadel of Co Loa whereas the full 55km riders will have a tea break to explore the amazing architecture before heading back into the centre of Hanoi.

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This year’s Dream Ride is much more than an amazing cycling experience, it is an opportunity to bring about positive social impact whilst exploring Vietnam’s beautiful, natural landscapes. Let’s lend a helping hand to create impacts in the lives of street kids and disadvantaged youth in Vietnam. Register HERE to be a part of this exciting event.

Click here for more details of KOTO Dream Ride 2018

Can’t ride but want to support KOTO? You can Donate Here to sponsor a KOTO trainee riding on your behalf


The Final Assessment of Class 30

KOTO class 30’s final assessment on Friday night (12/10/2018) was a complete success. At the Hanoi cooking centre, the trainees hosted and ran a full dinner service. They named their restaurant and made it work as if it was their own: budgeting and designing the menu, running the whole kitchen as well as providing outstanding front of house service.

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Despite working under budget and with time constraints, every member of class 30’s “Care Restaurant” worked diligently as a team to deliver an unforgettable experience to their valued special guests, whose positive feedback really highlights the success of the evening. Watching them grow immensely over the last two years was really a privilege for every single staff at KOTO. KOTO is proud to be part of their growing journey and ready to present them to the hospitality world. Congratulations to all of class 30 for your successful assessment!

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This wouldn’t have been possible without the valuable sponsorship of Hanoi Cooking Centre – KOTO highly appreciates the partnership that has given so many opportunities to KOTO’s trainees and alumni. They would also like to thank our special guests for spending their quality time with class 30, as well as their committed staff for using your precious time to support their beloved trainees on this wonderful night.

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Jimmy Pham’s Speaking Engagement

It has been a busy month for their founder / Executive Chairman Jimmy Pham, who was taking a group of Alumni to Australia and participating in a series of speaking engagements with Elite talks 2018 in Melbourne, and the conference of Brisbane Lion Club.

Elite Talks, a non-profit organization hosting many talks events in Melbourne and Sydney, aims to inspire future young leaders by introducing extraordinary people who have gone out of their way to make a difference in their communities. At Elite Talks 2018 “ Attitude of Success” in Melbourne, Jimmy was invited as a keynote speaker joining the panel of three Australians-Vietnamese leaders with Bao Hoang – CEO of Rolld’ Australia & Janet Ha Le – Chief Finance of Seeks Australia. Speaking at the event, Jimmy shared his inspirational story with the young Vietnamese people and international students, illustrating the belief that we all need to nurture the seeds of leadership to empower and grow more leaders for our community

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KOTO is offering a Social Enterprise Study. Targeted at corporations, student groups, individuals, and other non-profit organisations, the study tour will hope to educate participants about the opportunities and subsequent challenges faced by a non-profit social enterprise. The tour will be based on the award-winning social enterprise model that KOTO has been successfully employing for nearly twenty years

One of their missions is to share our experience; to share their story and hope to inspire our community. They have had the privilege to host many overseas corporate and international students groups to KOTO such as AIA, Swinburne University of Technology and Credit Suisse

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If you’re interested in booking a study tour, please Click Here

Alumni Study Tour to Australia Finishes

The inaugural overseas study tour for 10 KOTO Alumni has taken to an end, yet the memories have been made and remained in heart for the rest of their lives.

On the 2nd of September, 10 outstanding alumni made their first overseas trip when Jimmy Pham took them to Sydney and Melbourne. Getting started with a  lifetime experience with OZ Harvest, they gained much knowledge of how exceeding food has been rescued.Thank OZ Harvest champions Roni and Louise Tran for their amazing support during the alumni’s experience here.

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Following their internships in Australia, the alumni were invited to a fundraising dinner hosted and sponsored by the KOTO Alumni group In Echuca on the 13th October 2018. The evening at Sen Maison Restaurant was a success with food and wine of the highest standard shared among friends. It not only brought alumni together but helped to spread KOTO’s stories with the locals of Echuca and Moama. The stories shared on the night brought many of the guests to tears

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This amazing experience for our alumni required a huge amount of effort and organisation and they are incredibly grateful to their team, their donors, their sponsors, their alumni, and their friends for helping to make the dreams of these ten alumni a reality. Their appreciation goes to KOTO InternatIonal Board Members, OZ Harvest, Shared Table, Flinder Hotels, An Nam Restaurant, Rice Kitchen, Dandelion Restaurant, Sen on Maison, Ansarada Australia, Mmsoft, RMIT, IAJN, Ms. Jessie Luu and every single person who have contributed to the tour, big or small, KOTO thank you for believing in our work.


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