To coincide with the New Zealand cinematic release of NOBLE, Christina Noble Children’s Foundation, with support from generous partners, will host four film fundraising events around the country to help children in need in Vietnam and Mongolia.
NOBLE, releasing in New Zealand cinemas on 28 May, chronicles the life of Christina Noble OBE, founder and namesake of the Christina Noble Children’s Foundation (CNCF). Born in impoverished Ireland in 1944, Christina overcame a life of adversity, from being separated from her siblings and placed in state institutions after the death of her mother, to an abusive marriage in England from which she finally escaped. In 1971 Christina had a dream about Vietnam, a place she had never been. She dreamed of its children, and their own plight, not dissimilar from her own.
Nearly 20 years later, Christina followed her dream, visiting Vietnam in 1989. After witnessing first-hand the extreme poverty that plagued the nation and the effect this had on Vietnam’s children, Christina made it her mission to improve the lives of these children, believing that every child deserved a childhood free from poverty in order to fulfil their potential. In Christina’s words ‘Every child has the right to sleep on their pillow at night time with peace in their hearts, love, security and protection.”
With no support from Vietnam or abroad, Christina set up a Children’s Social and Medical Centre in Ho Chi Minh City in 1991, providing free medical care to over 6000 street and abandoned children per year. The centre was the first foreign entity of its kind to be approved by the Vietnamese authorities. From there, Christina expanded her work at a rate of knots, opening a school for some 300 street children in 1991, building an emergency residential shelter for boys in 1994, establishing a child sponsorship program in 1996 and a micro-loan program in 1997. Visiting Mongolia in 1997, Christina expanded operations there and set up the Blue skies Village to house Mongolian street children in traditional gers.
Today, CNCF has helped over 700,000 children across Vietnam and Mongolia, with education, healthcare, child sponsorship and community development projects. For more info, visit CNCF.
Christina Noble OBE has won countless awards, including the Friendship Medal of Mongolia 2009, Order of Friendship Medal Vietnam 2010, Albert Schweitzer Humanitarian Award 2014.
To coincide with the New Zealand cinematic release of NOBLE, CNCF, with support from generous partners in New Zealand, will host four film fundraising events around the country. The entire proceeds from ticket sales as well as donations that can be made at the time of booking and received on the night, will go to support its work with the children most in need in Vietnam and Mongolia.
Watch the trailer for Noble
Screenings will be held in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin. Tickets are just $20 & to purchase a ticket or make a direct donation, visit Tugg.
Wellington Light House Cinemas Petone on Sunday 24th May at 7.15pm
Auckland Rialto Cinemas Newmarket on Monday 25th May at 6:30pm
Christchurch Hollywood Cinema Sumner on Wednesday 27th May 6.30pm
Dunedin Rialto Cinemas Dunedin on Wednesday 27th May 6.00pm