Vietnam Art Books -- Auction sells paintings for smiles (November 14, 2004)

Auction sells paintings for smiles (November 14, 2004)

Vietnamese and foreign artists will raise money toward providing free corrective surgery for Vietnamese children with facial deformities and education for local health care professionals.

It is the first time that the Sofitel Plaza Hanoi will host the An Evening of Smiles programme, this Saturday by Operation Smile Vietnam (OSV).

OSV will also run a silent auction featuring some of the winning entries from its 2004 Annual Dental Drawing Contest for children, held in partnership with the HCM City Odonto-Stomatology Hospital and P/ S, Unilever, Vietnam's leading brand of oral health care products.

The event will also include artworks from the United Nations International School, and foreign photographer Helen Savory.

About 180 guests will be invited to the OSV's annual art auction, where former Australian auctioneer Rob Blain will wield the auction hammer.

For the second consecutive year, BP Vietnam has assisted OSV to help under-privileged children in Vietnam. With US$5,000 of Gold Sponsorship provided for the event, BP will help provide continued support for 65 under-privileged children born with facial deformities, according to Tran Minh Nga, BP Vietnam's Country Head.

The OSV Art Auctions in Ho Chi Minh City in 2003 and 2004 were formal events attended by supporters, donors and art collectors. The evening included an elegant dinner and dancing as well as live and silent auctions.

Over $97,000 was raised last year to assist with surgeries for children as well as the other programmes of operation smile.

The auction prize could be $5; 10 or thousands, said Julie Atkinson, OSV's development director.

Further information is available by calling the Hanoi office at 934 8754. (VNS)

Reprinted with permission from Vietnam News Agency


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