Martial arts movie star Jackie Chan will return to Vietnam on November 4 as a goodwill ambassador for NGO Operation Smile International, which supports Vietnamese children with cleft lip and palate deformities.
In 2004, Jackie Chan was appointed as Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF and the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)
Photo courtesy of Reuters
The trip is Chan’s second visit to Vietnam. In April 2005, the movie star arrived in Hanoi as a Goodwill Ambassador of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNCEF) and the United Nations Joint Program on HIV/AIDS.
During his three-day visit, the Hong Kong actor will accompany local stars to attend an ceremony on Wednesday in Hanoi to celebrate the organization’s 20 years of operation in Vietnam, according to Cat Dung, representative of the Operation Smile Vietnam (OSV) in Ho Chi Minh City.
Chan is also scheduled to visit a number of local children with cleft lip and palate deformities before their operations.
It is part of the “20 Years of Smiles – A Journey of Miracles” anniversary which will include free treatment for young patients with facial deformities across 15 areas in Vietnam from November 4 to 14.
About 2,000 children are expected to receive free surgeries.
A feature on the Asian movie scene since the 1970s, the 55-year-old actor is known as an action choreographer, filmmaker, comedian, producer, martial artist, screenwriter, entrepreneur, singer and stunt performer.
He has appeared in more than 100 films and has his name marked on Hong Kong’s Avenue of Stars and the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Operation Smile Vietnam is a non-government organization dedicated to patients with lip and palate defects. Since 1989, OSV has helped more than 12,000 Vietnamese children and young adults with cleft lip and palate deformities.
More than 3,000 infants are born with facial deformities every year in Vietnam and most of them are born in poor families in remote areas.
For more information about the free treatment program, contact the hot line on: 0904-885- 555 or 0439-365-426.