Thanh Nien helps set up Childhood Assistance charity

June 12, 2006

 
People donate to the fund  

The Thanh Nien co-founded charity fund Childhood Assistance was inaugurated Saturday evening in Ho Chi Minh City with a music and fashion show which collected VND748 million (US$46,700).

Addressing the opening ceremony, Dr Duong Quang Trung, the fund’s president and former director of the city’s Health Department, said, “We are in debt to our disabled children. Childhood Assistance (Nang Buoc Tuoi Tho) is dedicated to relieving their misfortune.”

 

He said half the country’s children under six lived in poor conditions and were undernourished, over 30 percent of those under five were anemic, and a countless number suffered from war-related diseases and complications.

 

The music show Dem Huyen Dieu (Miracle Night) saw famous artists, singers, and models perform for free. Among them was saxophonist Tran Manh Tuan who returned recently from medical treatment abroad.

 

An ao dai – a traditional Vietnamese garment – by talented designer Si Hoang was auctioned, raising VND30 million ($1,874) for the fund.

 

By close the fund had almost raised its full year’s target of US$50,000. Thanh Nien contributed VND100 million ($6,250).

 

Ho Chi Minh’s Franco-Vietnamese Hospital is the other co-founder.

 

Reported by Thuc Minh

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