A performance by the Hanoi Disabled People’s Association at the 2009 ‘Symphony Hearts’ event. ( Image: dphanoi.org.vn )
Through the programme, the organising board and sponsors will fund heart operations for 50 disadvantaged children born with heart conditions, with each operation costing approximately VND 50 million.
This years programme was announced at a press conference on April 18, by the Vietnam Television (VTV) and the Gia Dinh va Tre Em (Family and Children) magazine, under the Ministry of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs.
The organisers will also offer 100 savings books, each worth VND 5-10 million; 20 wheelchairs and 400 gifts worth nearly VND4 billion in total to children with terminal illnesses, Agent Orange/dioxin victims and children with disabilities in 12 cities and provinces nation-wide.
The programme will be broadcast live on VTV Channel 2 and will feature songs and dances by Vietnamese artists, with the event’s highlight being performances by two disabled Chinese ballet dancers, Li Ming and Lin Fei.
Audiences will also have chance to meet and talk with leaders in the disabled peoples community, such as Lai Van Diep, Director of Interior Furniture and Fine Art Limited Company for Disabled People in Thai Binh province and Nguyen Son Lam, director of the Toa Sang (Shining) Education Joint Stock Company.