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Operation Smile Vietnam & CBRE together for children

Released at: 16:48, 05/12/2018

Operation Smile Vietnam & CBRE together for children

Photo: CBRE Vietnam

Operation Smile's 29th Gala Dinner and Charity Auction held on December 1.

by Doanh Doanh

Operation Smile Vietnam and CBRE joined forces again in Hanoi to build awareness and raise funds to change lives for Vietnam’s children, with the hosting of the former’s 29th Gala Dinner and Charity Auction on December 1.

Proceeds from the auction and event will be used to perform 350 life-changing facial surgeries on children in Vietnam, providing safe and effective harelip and cleft palate surgeries and delivering post-operative and ongoing medical therapy to children around Vietnam.

“The fight against facial deformities in Vietnamese children is only intensifying through a campaign of education and action,” said Mr. Viet Nguyen, Vice President for Development and Asia Pacific Country Representative at Operation Smile. “By raising awareness, committing to impact, and deploying funds and resources to the children and families that need the most urgent help, we will continue to change lives more effectively in Vietnam and at the same time bring international attention to the plight faced by many of Vietnam’s children and their families.”

The event included a silent auction, raffles of five-star hotel and resort vouchers, and a live auction of unique items and Vietnamese contemporary artworks led by CBRE’s legendary auctioneer Rob Blain, Executive Chairman, CBRE Asia Pacific, in addition to various musical performances.

“Actions speak louder than words, especially when children are concerned,” Mr. Blain said. “The efforts of Operation Smile Vietnam both transform lives and inspire societal change. For this reason, we as an organization are extremely inspired by the impact Operation Smile Vietnam makes each day and are proud to continue our two-decade long commitment to this partnership.”

Since 1982, Operation Smile has provided more than 220,000 free surgical procedures for children and young adults, including 30,000 from Vietnam. In 2014, it launched a national registry initiative in Vietnam while conducting large-scale surgical programs, to commemorate the 25th anniversary of its first medical mission there. The effort included dental missions, simultaneous cleft missions, a cranio-facial mission, a micro-surgery mission, a high school student conference, education conferences, on-going training for speech language pathology and nursing, and research for International Family Study and barriers to care.

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