|"For the first time in the history of UNICEF in Viet Nam, we are reaching out to the broader Vietnamese business community to partner with us on meeting our goal of zero," said UNICEF Representative Lotta Sylwander.— Photo unicef.org
HCM CITY (VNS)— The UNICEF ZEROawards gala held on Thursday (Dec 5) in HCM City raised US$435,000 from ticket sales, a live auction and sponsorships to support children in Viet Nam.
The ZEROawards is an initiative of Believe in ZERO, a global UNICEF campaign launched in Viet Nam.
An estimated $250,000 of the funds will be donated to programmes in central Kon Tum Province that will affect the lives of nearly 50,000 children.
The remaining funds will be used to support children in one of the seven other provinces where UNICEF works.
The highlight of the gala, ZEROawards, went to three recipients who were recognised for their humanitarian efforts to fulfill children's rights and reduce the number of vulnerable children to zero.
The UNICEF ZEROawards 2013 award for Exceptional Commitment went to the Blue Dragon Children's Foundation and the award for Special Achievement for Children's Rights was presented to the Da Nang Association for Victims of Agent Orange.
The award for Social Innovation went to KOTO, a not-for-profit social enterprise.
Under its Believe in ZERO programme, UNICEF aims to reduce the number of preventable child deaths to zero, the number of exploited or abused children to zero, and the number of children deprived of clean water or denied access to school to zero.
"For the first time in the history of UNICEF in Viet Nam, we are reaching out to the broader Vietnamese business community to partner with us on meeting our goal of zero," said UNICEF Representative Lotta Sylwander.
Attending the fundraiser gala were officials from the Government, respected members of the business and private philanthropist community from Viet Nam and abroad, social leaders, media partners and celebrities from the entertainment industry.
UNICEF offers support from early childhood through adolescence for children in more than 190 countries and territories. —VNS