Hanoi, 15 December 2010 Press release

Vienna Charity Ball in Hanoi yields a net profit of over 38,000 euros

Hanoi, 15 December 2010 – Commenting on the Vienna Charity Ball, held on 12 November 2010 in Hanoi, Georg Heindl, the Austrian Ambassador to Vietnam, expressed his delight: “With a net profit of 38,485.70 euros, we can provide tangible and sustainable support to the Friendship Village, the charitable organisation we cooperate with, and make a contribution to the development of schools, therapeutic facilities and residential housing. My particular thanks go to the following companies who acted as sponsors of the ball: AME, Odelga, Rosenbauer, EVER-Pharma, Plasser & Theurer, Roxcel RMG, Casinos Austria, Investpro, Moet & Chandon, VAMED, UniCredit Bank Austria, the Melia Hanoi Hotel, Bitburger, the Hanoi Press Club, the Le Media Group and all other companies who made donations for both the raffle and the auction; the City of Vienna as a supporter, and all the Austrian and Vietnamese institutions and individuals who have helped to make this event a big success. I also thank the Austrian and Vietnamese Foreign Ministers and Ministers of Culture as well as the Lord Mayors of Vienna and Hanoi for the trust they placed in this project by making it possible that the ball was held under their joint auspices.”

Founded in 1998 at the initiative of the US war veteran George Mizo, the Friendship Village takes care of children, young people and adults with mental and physical disabilities by offering therapy as well as assistance in schooling and occupational training. The village is managed by the Vietnamese Veteran Association and supported by an international committee, consisting of relief organisations in the USA, Germany, France, Canada and Japan.

Contact for enquiries:
Austrian Embassy in Hanoi
Tel. (+84/4) 39 43 30 503  
Fax: (+84/4) 39 43 30 55