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Paintings by disadvantaged kids to be sold in TV auction

Update: January, 04/2009 - 00:00

Paintings by disadvantaged kids to be sold in TV auction

(05-01-2009)

Express yourself: Painter Van Duong Thanh (second left) helps children work on a painting to be auctioned on a TV show to be broadcast live this month. – VNA/VNS Photo

HCM CITY — Two large artworks painted by underprivileged children from HCM City and Ha Noi will be sold during an auction on local television this month.

The live auction, which is occurring on the occasion of the upcoming Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday, will begin at 8.30pm on January 17 on HTV9 of HCM City and Ha Noi’s HTV 1.

The children live at open houses and charity centres, including the Chap Canh House, Da Thien School and Hy Vong Centre for disabled children.

Popular painter Van Duong Thanh will give them a helping hand as they produce the two 3m by 5m artworks.

Including in the large pieces will be seven smaller works, with themes on community sharing, landscape, springtime and the Tet holiday.

TV stations in provinces, including Binh Duong, Hau Giang and Quang Ninh, will also broadcast the auction.

"We want to support community development, especially the growth of the younger generation," says Dang Thu Ha, a division director at Unilever Viet Nam.

Unilver is working with HCM City Television, the Association Supporting the Disabled and Orphans on the TV show, called Joining Hands for a Poor Children’s Tet.

"We have a special interest in supporting educating children on humane values and Vietnamese traditions of assisting people with difficulties," she said.

Unilever alone will donate VND1.2 billion (US$700,000) to buy gifts for 10,000 underprivileged children. Money from the auction will help increase the number of beneficiaries — VNS

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