SINGAPORE - Over 50 Vietnamese children will benefit from a charity auction event held in Singapore over the weekend.
In its second year, the event held at Michelangelo's Italian restaurant raised $100,000 which will pay for the school fees of children at Truyen Tin Orphanage in Vietnam for one year.
This amount is significantly higher than the $25,000 targeted by the organisers to fund the school fees for all 55 children at the orphanage.
Tim Graham, an organiser of the event, said: "Last year, we were able to raise $50,000 which paid for a new school bus for the children and covered the Orphanage's operating costs for a year. Through the generosity of the Singapore community, we have doubled this amount and are able to ensure these children are afforded a good education.
"It's fantastic to see such strong support for this Orphanage for the second year running - it will make a huge difference to the lives of these children and their future."
Established in Ho Chi Minh City in 1995 by Ms Cu when she opened her doors to 20 children, the orphanage aims to provide a safe and loving environment for abandoned and orphaned children in Vietnam. It provides education, medical care, and psychologial support with the aim of eventually integrating the children into society as independent adults.