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'Scar of Life 9' raises funds for heart surgeries

Released at: 16:12, 03/12/2019

'Scar of Life 9' raises funds for heart surgeries

Photo: VCF

'Giving love to heal lives' the theme of this year's charity event.

by Khanh Chi

Studio 68 and Heartbeat Vietnam, a program of the VinaCapital Foundation (VCF), has held its annual fundraising event, Scar of Life 9, for children with congenital heart defects, with a gala dinner on November 30 in Ho Chi Minh City.

Ms. Ngo Thanh Van, Ambassador of Heartbeat Vietnam, said the theme of this year’s event was “The Paper Plane”. She hoped to send out a message of “Giving love to heal lives” and called for public attention to children with congenital heart defects. Thousands of children with congenital heart defects are suffering through their childhood and cannot realize their dreams.

This ninth Scar of Life gala dinner gathered together more than 300 business leaders and artists for a premiere of the short film “The Paper Plane”, directed by Jun Pham. The film is about two poor children with congenital heart defects who both put their dreams into paper planes and fly them into the sky every day in the expectation that their wishes will one day come true.

Funds were also raised from silent and live auctions of more than 70 items relating to arts, architecture, fine cuisine, and traveling. The highlight was the High Porcelain Kwan Yin sculpture from a limited edition of 888 masterpieces of renowned Spanish brand Lladró.

The exquisitely-beautiful and noble statue implies the message of compassion and sympathy to people who are suffering. It was donated by QHome, the exclusive distributor of Lladró in Vietnam.

“VCF’s goal is to support poor Vietnamese children in rural areas to receive quality healthcare,” said Mr. Don Lam, Chairman of the VCF. “This goal is aligned with the Scar of Life 9’s theme. We will cooperate with Ms. Van, our partners, and donors to realize children’s dreams, especially to heal their hearts and bring them a better life in the future.”

“I hope that Scar of Life will gain further support from Vietnam’s business community, to share our vision in diagnosis and treatment of congenital heart defects, as well as other health issues facing children all over the country.”

Scar of Life 9 aimed to raise surgical funds for more than 350 children with congenital heart defects in Vietnam thanks to generous donations from corporates and individuals.

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