Ho Chi Minh City, April 05, 2010
Thousands of business people and tourists in Ho Chi Minh City will see, many for their first time ever, real bombs and mine casings (with explosives safely removed) being showcased amid flowers right in the heart of the most crowded city of Vietnam this month. The exhibition is called “Peace Flowers” and is a joint effort between Project RENEW in Quang Tri Province and Thuan Le Group – a Ho Chi Minh City limited company specializing in high-quality fresh flower service, via its Flower Box.
Initiated as a charity fundraising event by Thuan Le Group, the idea of Peace Flowers has received strong support and appreciation from Project RENEW because of its humanitarian purpose. Peace Flowers, the main theme of Flower Box, is expected to draw attention of Ho Chi Minh City dwellers and international tourists to the lingering impact of explosive remnants of war in Viet Nam. Customers coming to the Flower Box will be provided an update about the current situation of unexploded ordnance (UXO) left from the war that ended 35 years ago – and its continuing deadly threat to the daily lives of Vietnamese people. More importantly, customers might be encouraged to donate cash or in-kind contributions to help ease the suffering of UXO survivors in Quang Tri Province, the location of the highest level of UXO contamination and the highest number of people affected by this deadly post-war legacy.
This special event starts in April and lasts until July, 2010. All funds raised will be forwarded to Project RENEW to help UXO survivor families.
“We thank Project RENEW for providing us with mine action information, photos, and real ordnance casings so we can present this special program for the sake of affected children,” said Ms. Ton Nu Quyen Di, Business Development Manager of Thuan Le Group. It is hoped that the program will enhance the public’s general awareness as well as generate contributions to ease the pains that UXO survivors, especially the children, have endured. “This can be both an opportunity and a motivation to live for many children in Quang Tri Province,” said Mr. Le Duc Thuan, Managing Director of Thuan Le Group.
Since the war ended in 1975, Quang Tri Province has sustained over 7,000 casualties due to UXO accidents. Notably, 31% of the total victims have been children.
Flower Box is located at 74E, Hai Ba Trung Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.
For more information of Peace Flowers, please contact:
Ms. Ton Nu Quyen Di
Business Development Manager
208H, Phan Dang Luu St., Ward 3,
Phu Nhuan Dist., Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam