Two Foreigners Trek 2,000 Km to Raise Funds for Vietnamese Kids

Jake Norris and Sean Down will complete an extraordinary journey from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City on February 24, after conquering 2,000km in tumultuous weather conditions including relentless rain and scorching heat.


The Vietnam Charity Walk was established with a firm belief in the importance of providing support and care for underprivileged children in Vietnam.

Jake Norris from Australia and Sean Down from Ireland will soon complete an extraordinary 2,000-kilometer journey from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City to raise funds for the Thanh Loc Project and the Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation, according to VOV.

This walk is aimed at supporting disadvantaged children throughout Vietnam.

The ambitious initiative, named Vietnam Charity Walk: A Walk For Change, has gained the attention and support of individuals, companies, and communities from all around the world. Jake and Sean’s mission is to raise funds for the selected charities that are dedicated to making a lasting impact on the lives of children in Vietnam.

As an English teacher and a temporary resident of Vietnam, Jake finds himself deeply inspired by the children he has encountered during his travels. These children, despite facing daily hardships and adversity, continue to exhibit tremendous kindness and happiness.

“The challenges these children face are unimaginable, and it is our responsibility to make a difference,” Jake said. “By walking across Vietnam, we hope to not only raise funds but also shed light on the issues these children endure on a daily basis.”

“It truly has been a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” Jake added. “We have experienced intense highs and lows over the past three months. At times, we struggled to find food, and we endured an entire week of torrential, freezing rain. During the past month, temperatures have soared, and we have been walking 35 kilometers a day in 40°C heat. To avoid the heat, we often set out at 4 am!”

“On the other hand, we have had incredible interactions and made friends along the way. People have been incredibly generous with their time, money, and accommodations. Not a day goes by without someone stopping their bike to offer us food or water. We will certainly miss these daily affirmations of people’s kindness.”

So far, Jake and Sean have raised USD 35,000 for the Blue Dragon and Thanh Loc Project. With numerous upcoming fundraising events and an increasing number of corporate sponsors joining the cause, momentum continues to grow.

The Thanh Loc Project, based in the Mekong Delta, focuses on providing education, housing, food, water, and shelter to underprivileged children in Vietnam through long-term, sustainable solutions. It has been offering Student Education Scholarships since 2009, ensuring that children living in extreme poverty have access to education by covering tuition fees, textbooks, school bags, uniforms, and insurance.

Meanwhile, the Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation works tirelessly to transform the lives of children in crisis, including street kids, victims of human trafficking, runaways, kids affected by drugs and HIV, homeless families, and child prisoners. To date, Blue Dragon has impacted over 50,000 children and families; rescued 1,316 people from trafficking; reunited 736 runaways with their families; sent 6,208 kids back to school; and transformed the lives of over 2,000 children in Hanoi.

To support Jake and Sean on their incredible journey and contribute to the Vietnam Charity Walk, visit

Hannah Nguyen