by Bo Xuan Hiep
Berlin art exhibition raises funds for Vietnamese kids
A Vietnamese artist showcased 45 of her paintings at an exhibition last week (March 21-23) in Berlin to raise funds for poor children in Viet Nam.
Nguyen Thi Phi Loan, 77, says that 50 per cent of the proceeds of the paintings, which feature themes about women, patriotism and nature, will be provided to the children.
Loan says she was especially happy to see members of the Vietnamese community in Germany attend the exhibition. She also hopes her work will help foreign visitors learn more about the country and people of Viet Nam.
Attending the exhibition were Vietnamese Minister Counselor to Germany Pham Viet Chien, and well-known Vietnamese artists, including pianist Nguyen Bich Tra and violinists Le Ngoc Anh Kiet and Do Minh Thuan.
The event, organised by Viethaus Company in Germany, was part of the activities celebrating the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Viet Nam and Germany.
Couple cycle from Ha Noi to France to raise awareness
A Vietnamese woman and a Scottish man will soon begin a cycling trip from Ha Noi to Paris, with the aim of raising awareness about climate change.
Simon Nelson, 41, who is an English teacher and an environmental activist, and Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, 28, a PR content editor at a media company, arrived in Ha Noi last Friday following a two-month trip by bicycle that began in the Mekong Delta province of An Giang early last month.
"I've been campaigning to combat climate change for over 20 years," Nelson says. "Riding my bicycle is probably the one thing I can do with any great proficiency. And Viet Nam is one of the countries most at risk from climate change, so this trip is a powerful symbol of the dangers we face."
The couple rode nearly 2,000 kilometres on their bicycles before reaching the capital city from An Giang, which has been greatly affected by climate change.
In Paris, they plan to share their stories on their website http:/bike4afuture.com about the cycling trip. The trip coincides with the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, to be held from November 30 to December 11.
They plan to raise funds to combat global warming during their journey, which will cover 14,000 kilometres through 10 countries.
"I want to show our determination in combating climate change," Ngan says.
"I hope our stories about the trip will have a positive impact on the decision-making of global leaders who will participate in the conference in Paris."
In Ha Noi, they have taken part in helping engage the public in climate-change activities and raising funds for environmental projects and residents affected by climate change in the Mekong Delta.
The couple share a passion for cycling and exploring nature. Nelson has cycled in Australia, Ireland and the UK, and Ngan has taken several trips in the Mekong Delta region. — VNS