UNICEF Viet Nam Raises more than $400,000 with its First ZEROawards
HCMC, Viet Nam, December 6, 2013 – UNICEF Viet Nam tonight hosted the first ever ZEROawards gala fundraiser. It brought together the most influential and respected business and private philanthropist community in Viet Nam and internationally, as well as celebrity and socialite supporters, to raise funds for UNICEF Viet Nam. The highlight of the gala, the ZEROawards, went to three recipients who were recognized for their humanitarian efforts to fulfill children’s rights and reduce the number of vulnerable children to zero.. This is the first time in their 50 years of working in Viet Nam, UNICEF has launched a fundraising platform for its efforts in the country.
ZEROawards, held at InterContinental Asiana Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City, drew a crowd of more than 350, including officials from the Government, , UNICEF, business and social leaders, artists and celebrities, press and media partners to honor three honorees for their humanitarian efforts.
The first award of the evening, the UNICEF ZEROawards 2013 award for Exceptional Commitment, went to the Blue Dragon Foundation, and was accepted by Ms. To Thi Huong Giang. The UNICEF ZEROawards 2013 award for Special Achievement for Children’s Rights went to DAVA, which was accepted by Madame Nguyen Thi Hien. Finally, the third award of the evening, the UNICEF ZEROawards 2013 award for Social Innovation, went to KOTO, and was accepted by founder Mr. Jimmy Pham.
“ZEROawards brought together the most respected and influential individuals of Viet Nam, catalyzing substantial, sustainable investments in Vietnamese children,” said Ms. Nguyen Thi Mai Thanh, Chairwoman of REE Corporation, the ZEROawards 2013 Platinum Philanthropist sponsor, attending the event.
The top donor for the evening was singer Ha Phuong. Other key sponsors for the evening, and the ongoing campaign, were Ton Hoa Sen, Unilever Viet Nam, and Moet-Hennessy. Media partners included DatVietVAC, FBNC, YAN, Chu Thi Limited, and Lang Van. The evening was highlighted by the unique collaboration of performances by Ha Phuong, Quang Le, Phuong Anh “Crystal”, Phuong Vy, Phuong My Chi, Thai Chau and Huong Lan, all of whom donated their time. In addition, Mr. Jamie Reigle, Managing Director of Manchester United (MU)- Asia Pacific made a special appearance. MU is a major global sponsor to UNICEF, and has also pledged additional funds specifically for Viet Nam.
The costs of the event were almost entirely donated by in-kind professional, product and media donations. The amount raised for the evening exceeded the initial goal of a quarter of a million US dollars, and settled at 435,000 US dollars (9.2 billion VND) raised from sponsorships, ticket sales, and the live auction of which 100% will be used to directly support children. An estimate $250,000 USD of the funds raised this evening will be donated to programs for children in Kon Tum, with the hope to impact nearly 50,000 children. The additional funds raised will be used to support children in one of the seven other provinces where UNICEF works.
UNICEF Representative, Lotta Sylwander stated, “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. We are here to celebrate humanitarians for children who are getting us closer to zero. We are also here to raise critical funds still needed to meet our goal of zero”.
The ZEROaward itself, a modern, metallic sculpture was designed by Rice Creative, based on their visual concept of representing each effort and contribution as a + (plus) bringing us closer to zero, the symbol of addition, and symbolic of bringing many together.
UNICEF aims to reduce the number of preventable child deaths to zero, the number of exploited or abused children to zero, the number of children deprived of clean water or denied access to school to zero. Information about the campaign can be accessed at www.unicef.org/vietnam/zeroawards.
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Believe in ZERO
“Believe in ZERO”, launched in 2013 in Viet Nam, is a global campaign launched by UNICEF founded on the belief that no child should ever die from a preventable cause and all children should grow up in a healthy, protective, environment, receive comprehensive education and realize his or her full potential.