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Saturday, 30 April 2016 00:00

"Trả Em Tuổi Thơ" - Melbourne, Australia November 9, 2014


The program began just before sunset

The "Trả Em Tuổi Thơ" gala in Melbourne in the presence of 750 participants from the Vietnamese community. The large turnout was the result of the Vietnamese patriots in Melbourne to lend OBV a hand to help children who are victims of sexual exploitation in Southeast Asia - especially Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Singapore.

This is the largest fundraising event to date that even the event organizers were also surprised and touched.

Ms. Thien Giang - wearing ao dai - one of the core members who organized this programs in Australia

Ms. Thanh Nhan, a member of the committee who organized the fundraising gala for OBV in 4 major cities in Australia

Father Martino signed thank you letters showing gratitude to benefactors who donated the gift of love for the child victims of sexual exploitation in Southeast Asia

Father Martino shared his own personal experience as well as the difficulties encountered in carrying out the OBV mission.

MC Thao Nguyen with her daughter on stage, since today is her daughter's birthday. She admitted "I know I spoil my daughter. By holding my daughter's hand, I can feel the emotional deprivation of the girls who are victims of sexual exploitation. Also the orphans who lack the upbringing of the parents. But worst of all, the children who were sold by their parents into sex slavery."

Father Martino donated the painting for auction at the last fundraising event to raise enough fund to buy the current residence for OBV in Vietnam.

The volunteers carried the donated painting for auction to raise fund for OBV

This Painting donated by Ms. Ngoc who visited the OBV and feel compassion for the children who are victims of trafficking and sexual exploitation. This painting shows Father Martino's dream home for the children of OBV.

The meaning of the painting has touched everyone: two swans symbolize love, a dream home with stairs expressing the life progress of the OBV children rebuilding their lives.

Rivers, lush greenery show the OBV children's wishes for wealth and health for their benefactors.

Ms Ngoc who donated the marble painting for auction.

The Benefactors

The hats of a youth donated for the auction

Although it was late, but the participants stayed until the last minute of the program

OBV Vietnam

Translated by Tom.  Original version in Vietnamese entitled "Trả Em Tuổi Thơ - Melbourne Australia 9 Tháng 11, 2014"

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