Lotus exhibition to raise funds for needy children

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Businessman and amateur photographer Tran Bich's obsession with the lotus will be showcased at an exhibition that opens July 25 in Ho Chi Minh City.

Called Sen Viet Doi sen 17 (Vietnamese lotus 17th generation lotus), the event has 60 photos and is Bich's 17th exhibition on the lotus, considered Vietnam's national flower.

According to the 66-year-old photographer, who has traveled around the country taking pictures of the flower since 2009, all proceeds from selling the photos will be used to support needy children and child patients with cardiovascular problems.

Previously, Bich's sen photos have been purchased for a total of VND2.5 billion (US$123,000) that has been used to support orphans, needy people, the elderly and cancer victims.

The exhibition, co-sponsored by Saigon Skydeck Bitexco Financial Tower and the White Palace convention center, will be held on the 49th floor of Saigon Skydeck, 36 Ho Tung Mau Street, District 1 until August 5.

Admission fees to the Skydeck, normally VND200,000 per person, will be halved for the event.

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