Let’s call this an OPEN THREAD. The idea is for VietChannel readers to voice their ideas and opinions. So keep on posting/commenting.

Oh yeah! You heard it right. if you are making a trip to VietNam this summer, maybe this is your chance to benefit charity and get yourself up close with a Vpop Star (and then of course tell VietChannel about it).

Actors Luong Manh Hai (Bong Dung Muon Khoc/Suddenly I want to Cry) & Minh Tiep (Lap Trinh Trai Tim/Love Thesis), Super Model Ha Anh, Mc Joe Tay (72 hours – Challenging Man’s Endurance), Miss Vietnam 2006 Mai Phuong Thuy, and designer Ton Hieu Anh will all be up for auction in benefit of Operation Smile. The auction is organized by Sharing A Smile Club at Hanoi University to benefit Operation Smile, an operation that offers free surgeries to children with cleft lip repair.  This is stage 4 of a 4-stage event which is titled “A Date with a Celebrity.

The auction will be 10 days in running starting on June 8 to June 18, 2009. The date will include a ‘paid for’ lunch/dinner date with the star and a movie at Megastar.  You can also do a team auction of at most 3 people.  The club has raised over $3,700 and will need to raise up to $6,000 to fund 40 operations to children in VietNam.  SO LET’S JOIN IN!

In order to make a bid, check out their official website : http://donateforadate.org/

Here’s basic information that VietChannel received from the organizers themselves:

Organized by Sharing a Smile Club in coorporation with Operation Smile

Purposes: fundraising to the children with face deformities to have new smiles
Stage 4 will start from June 8, 2009 and end by June 18, 2009 (10 days running)
6 celebrities in Vietnam

  • Mai Phuong Thuy – Miss Vietnam 2006, Top 20 Miss world 2006
  • Luong Manh Hai – actor
  • Joe Ruelle – MC
  • Minh Tiep – actor
  • Vu Nguyen Ha Anh – model, miss Earth 2006
  • Ton Hieu Anh – designer

How to bid?

  • Auctions will be created on the website http://donateforadate.org
  • Everyone may join the auctions.
  • Starting price – 100,000 VND – bidding unit 20,000
  • Leave the message and contacts to take the bid
  • Group bidding is allowed – maximum 3 people
  • Date includes a lunch/dinner which is donated by the dater.
  • Participants are dater – winning bidder(s) and 1 managing team member
  • Time and place will be discussed among those after the auctions

Here’s my idea: We have an advantage of 1USD = 18,000 VND.  VietChannel readers and writers should pitch in to get an exclusive interview with Luong Manh Hai or Ha Anh (which I think is the most popular) through the internet..  Of course you are welcome to bid on your own, but please let us know how it went for you! Let us know what you think.

And even if you are not planning to be in VietNam for the date, maybe you can ask for a Skype session?  It’s all fun and for a good cause!