Operation Smile Vietnam (OSV) will hold a gala dinner and a painting auction in Ho Chi Minh City on May 21 to raise funds for providing free surgeries for children with facial deformities.
At the 14th edition of the annual event, "An Evening of Smiles," OSV will auction 16 paintings donated by domestic and foreign artists, along with some other objects, including a carpet and chair.
OSV said it expects to raise more than US$100,000 from the event to sponsor reconstructive surgery for at least 500 Vietnamese children with cleft lips, cleft palates and other facial deformities.
The dinner and auction, sponsored by Unilever Vietnam's P/S protect Vietnamese Smile, Phoenix Voyages Group and Metro Cash & Carry, will take place at the Park Hyatt Saigon hotel on Lam Son Square in District 1.
The 13th art auction, held in Hanoi on March 5 2011, raised US$95,000, enough to provide corrective facial surgery for about 460 children. The cost of a 45-minute operation ranges from US$200 to US$350, OSV managing director Julie Robins said.
This year, OSV aims to provide free operations for about 2,000 out of 3,000 Vietnamese newborns with facial deformities. In Vietnam, one child in every 500 is born with a facial deformity, according to OSV.
Established in 1989, OSV has so far treated more than 17,000 Vietnamese children with facial deformities through local and international surgical missions.
More information about the event and the organization can be obtained by calling (04) 39365426 (Hanoi) or (08) 39207356 (HCMC).