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Paintings, photos auctioned to raise funds for children orphaned by Covid

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – The Association of Vietnamese Students and Professionals in the United States and Unite for Vietnam are putting up a number of photos and paintings on auction to raise funds for Vietnamese children orphaned by the Covid-19 pandemic.

An online auction of 19 artworks, which feature the Vietnamese people and landscapes, will run until December 18, 2021. Bidders can view information about the artworks, the artists and their starting bids on the website of Unite for Vietnam here.

“Sunrise in flooding season” by Tran Minh Dung

Besides, three paintings will be auctioned at an in-person Gala night with the theme, “Spreading Faith” in Dallas, Texas, on December 18.

The auctions are part of the American Hug program initiated by the Association of Vietnamese Students and Professionals in the United States. They are expected to raise around US$5,000, which will be sent to Unite for Vietnam to help orphans in Vietnam.

“The organization board will work with Unite for Vietnam to map out the most appropriate donation plan and spread it to the widest subjects,” shared Nguyen Tran, representative of American Hug.

“Saigon welcomes a new day” by Tran Minh Dung

As of mid-October, more than 2,180 Vietnamese children were orphaned due to the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a report of the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs.

Established in August 2020, Unite for Vietnam aims to connect Vietnamese individuals and organizations in the U.S. and other countries worldwide to develop fundraising initiatives and professional support to help Vietnam solve urgent problems such as natural disasters, pandemics, study promotion and poverty alleviation.

The Association of Vietnamese Students and Professionals in the United States is a non-profit organization that has been recognized by the Vietnamese Embassy in the United States since 2014.

The association has participated in many charity fundraising campaigns launched by Unite for Vietnam since 2020, including a campaign for 10,000 doses of vaccines for Vietnam.

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