The Catherine Tran Charity

“If you want to achieve something, you have to sacrifice something else in return,” said the late Catherine Tran, who was 16 when she left this world. Her compassion, spirit and kindness continue to touch thousands of lives in Vietnam, Canada and around the world through the work of the Catherine Tran Charity.

The Catherine Tran Charity was established in 2009 in memory of Catherine Tran, who passed away suddenly at age 16. Catherine was born in Toronto in 1993 to Mr. Si Minh Tran and Mrs. Thuy Huong Nguyen Phuc.

Catherine was a straight-A student at Woodbridge College. She was a well-rounded, multi-talented young lady, excelling in sports and music. Catherine was a thoughtful and caring human being whose compassion surpassed her age. She was well loved by her sister, classmates, cousins and family. Her friends and family transcended their sudden loss and turned their grief into something positive by forming a charity that assists in fulfilling Catherine’s unfinished wishes. An army of family, friends, supporters, teachers, and even strangers, have come together to deliver impactful charity projects that serve local Canadian communities, children and poor families in rural areas in Vietnam, and several relief efforts around the world.

As of 2019, the charity raised more than $500,000 for various charitable projects. More than 3,000 toys have been donated to CTV’s Toy Mountain during the Christmas holidays, $35,000 has been raised for scholarships and youth programs, and roughly $14,000 has gone to disaster relief efforts in Haiti, Pakistan, Vietnam, and Japan. In Vietnam, the charity has built 46 bridges, 461 wells, seven kindergarten centers, one daycare center, and 27 homes for poverty-stricken families in rural areas. It has also bought 369 bicycles, continues to support two orphanage centers in Vietnam, and has funded a young girl’s heart surgery. In Africa, the charity supports the St. Clare of Assisi Home Craft Centre in Kenya annually.

This year marks a special milestone for the charity as it celebrates its 10th anniversary. The journey of the past 10 years has been full of inspiration, accomplishments and, above all, the creation of a community of committed volunteers who were touched and inspired by Catherine’s kindness and compassion to bring love and hope to unfortunate people around the world. The charity is celebrating this legacy by organizing the Catherine Tran Charity 10th Annual Fundraising Banquet to be held on Saturday November 9 at 6 p.m. at Grandeur Palace, 2301 Brimley Road, Unit 128, Scarborough. Please come and join us for a traditional Chinese dinner, plus live musical performances with the beloved blind guitarist Nguyen Duc Dat from California and several other local talents. There will also be raffles and a video presentation of past projects.

To purchase tickets, please contact
Simon Tran at (416) 722-3677 or
Helen Nguyen at (647) 588-5064.

To learn more about the charity’s projects or make a donation, visit the web site:

Text and photos: Catherine Tran Charity

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