UNICEF raises funds for Vietnamese children

(VOV) - The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) raised US$435,000 at a Zero Awards ceremony in HCM City on December 5 to support Vietnamese children.

The charity fundraising, the first of its kind held in Vietnam, is initiated to promote sustainable and comprehensive investments for children, primarily reducing the preventable deaths of children to zero.

Statistics show in Vietnam three million children do not have access to clean water and one child dies every hour due mainly to drowning or traffic accidents. 

At the event, artworks, a football T-shirt signed by Manchester United players, NYC fashion week and Justin Timberlake’s concert tickets were put for auction.

UNICEF plans to allocate proceeds from the auction to healthcare, nutrition and water supply programmes for children, as well as a vulnerable children protection programme in the Central Highlands province of Kon Tum.

UNICEF also honoured individuals and organisations that have actively joined charity campaigns for children.

With UNICEF assistance over the past 30 years, Vietnam has made great strides in health care, including eliminating polio in 2000, and measles and tetanus in 2005, and raising the vaccination rate among children to 99%.