Vietnam Art Books -- Charity to auction paintings for needy kids in HCMC (August 13, 2003)

Charity to auction paintings for needy kids in HCMC (August 13, 2003)

Art lovers and charity activists are invited to join a silent auction night entitled Art for Life to raise funds for underprivileged children, including the disabled and former street children of HCM Cityís charity houses and centres.

The charity auction, organised for the first time by the HCM City Association for Disabled Children (HADC) and the Norfolk Group, will celebrate the childrenís exuberance and creativity in the face of many difficulties.

The auction will feature nearly 100 art pieces created by 99 disabled students aged between 10 and 16 in a painting course run by the HADC.

Works include vibrant pastels, water colours, and acrylics portraying Viet Namís rural landscapes, native flora and the childrenís dreams.

The inspiring collection was completed during rehabilitation classes for the gifted, whose dreams are to be professional artisans after graduating from the charity-funded courses, according to Vough Nguyen, an organising board member.

"We hope to raise at least US$3,000 from the sold paintings," she said. "The publicís generosity will be very helpful to needy children, giving them a brighter future through the Art of Life."

"The Art for Life collaboration sympolises a hand of friendship and aid to disabled children here and raises awareness of the courageous work of non-profit charity organisations."

According to statistics from the HADC, there are 4 million disabled people living in the country, with over 1.3 million of them heavily handicapped and in badly need of assistance.

To help disabled children lead an independent life when they grow up, the HADC has set up numerous charity and exhibition activities to raise funds for care, education and vocational training for the disabled.

The HADCís training programmes aim to gradually integrate and promote equality for the disabled minors into their communities upon adulthood, Nguyen said.

In addition, the HADC has run regular fund-raising activities to make possible vocational training for disabled at 12 different schools and establishments, offering courses in painting, goldsmith, embroidery and carpentry.

Children with proven potential are given opportunities to further study at colleges and universities.

With self-raised funds and financial support from several organisations, the society has helped over 1,500 children with medical care, and another 150 with physical rehabilitation this year.

To maintain support for the disabled, organisers hope to sell all the paintings in one night only auction with the minimum bid of VND80,000 ($5). During the auction, art lovers and visitors will also have the opportunity to enjoy live musical entertainment and sample cocktail food.

Tickets to the auction night are VND50,000 ($3) and available at the Norfolk Hotel or Norfolk Mansion. All proceeds from the event will go to the HADC to support needy children.

The auction will begin at 6pm, August 27, at Norfolk Hotelís Corso Restaurant, on Le Thanh Ton Street in District 1. ó VNS

Reprinted with permission from Vietnam News Agency


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