Taste the stories
features a perfect combination between fine dining and great performance from Vietnamese top singers & opportunity to raise awareness on social impact and showcase success stories from KOTO Graduates.
Dream ride 2015
This year we aim to attract 200 hundred bikers to help us fundraise, to bring awareness and attention to the wonderful work that is being carried out at our training center. We hope to raise US $50,000, which will be used specifically to cover the annual rental cost of training centers and housing for 200 trainees.
Graduation/ Dream Bottle cermony
Every year we have 2 graduation parties, one in Hanoi and one in Ho Chi Minh City. As a part of the ceremony the trainees get their Dream bottles back, it is always a very touchable and feeling full act of the Graduation Party.
KOTO Dream Ride
The KOTO Dream Ride, is an annual fundraising event, with all proceeds used to support the continued work of providing hope and a brighter future for at-risk and disadvantaged youth by raising money to support the KOTO vocational education and training program.
Growing from 30 riders in 2002 to over 200 riders in 2018, the Dream Ride has raised over US$250,000 since its inception. This is a popular event on the Hanoi calendar with many expatriate and Vietnamese families participating in the 55km (or the 25km option) ride through a variety of stunning Northern Vietnam landscapes including villages, pagodas and green paddy fields with many locals and KOTO trainees and alumni cheering on the participants.
In 2017, we had supporters who wanted to contribute to the KOTO Dream Ride but were unable to ride in Hanoi. They chose to create their own cycle route raising money for KOTO in over 8 locations around the world including Australia, China, New Zealand and Singapore.
To celebrate the success and mark the 20-year milestone of KOTO, almost 1000 alumni, trainees, current and former volunteers, supporters and local and international dignitaries along with almost 90 graduating students will return to Hanoi to participate in the week-long celebrations.
The main event, the 20-year Anniversary and Graduation ceremony, will be held at the National Economics University in June. The evening will include performances by My Tam, a much-loved Vietnamese singer, and other leading Vietnamese performers. The evening will be an emotional journey looking back at 20 years of changing the lives of disadvantaged and at-risk youth from across Vietnam.
Other events throughout the week include professional development workshops for KOTO Alumni at RMIT and the British Council, friendship football matches at UNIS Hanoi, a reception at the Australian Ambassador’s Residence and a ‘welcome home’ family dinner at the Pullman Hotel Hanoi.
KOTO looks forward to reconnecting with former staff, volunteers, trainees and supporters to reflect on the achievements of the past 20 years. If you have a KOTO story please share it via
Established in 2009, the H2H annual Charity Ride is run entirely by volunteers to support Vietnam's poorest children through education and healthcare. KOTO is proud to support H2H riders at their departure dinner in Hanoi and on their arrival into Ho Chi Minh City a month later!
The 2,000km charity ride takes four weeks with riders cycling between 80 to 100 km each day through Vietnam’s picturesque countryside, following sections of the famed Ho Chi Minh Trail.
The ride provides plenty of challenges with mountainous terrain, hazardous roads with many road users unfamiliar with cyclists combined with extreme heat and intense humidity.
We are very grateful to H2H for choosing KOTO as one of their 5 charity partners. Over the last 3
years, H2H has donated almost $20,000 to KOTO.
The Taste of Australia, supported by the Australian Embassy in Vietnam, is an annual event designed to provide an opportunity to share Australia’s high-quality food and wine, culinary excellence and culture, as well as celebrate the deepening bilateral relationship between Australia and Vietnam.
We are proud that two KOTO trainees, Nguyen Hong Quan and Nguyen Phuong Dieu, won the 2017 Taste of Australia Culinary Competition. We wish our current trainees the best of luck representing KOTO in the fourth Taste of Australia Culinary Competition currently taking place.