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Educational & fun fair in Viet Nam to promote ‘beauty in diversity’
03 December 2004

Hanoi, Viet Nam: Health Volunteers Overseas, Khach san ATS and the United Nations Volunteers programme in Viet Nam have come together to organize on 5 December a special event called “Beauty in Diversity”, a joint celebration of the World AIDS Day (1 Dec.), the International Day of Disability (3 Dec.) and International Volunteer Day (5 Dec.).

Beauty in Diversity 2004 is an attempt to recognize the wide range of individuals living with or affected by disability and HIV/AIDS along with those who volunteer their time and energy to contribute to their community’s needs.

Representatives from each of these areas are working together to present a collaborative and educational ‘fun day’ in the Reunification Park in capital Hanoi. The event seeks to promote the active and full participation of people with disabilities, educate the public about issues surrounding HIV/AIDS, and acknowledge the significant contribution of volunteers in eliminating discrimination and enabling acceptance and appreciation for a diverse society.

"Following in the tradition of last year, this year’s fair aims to emphasize the importance of cooperation and collaboration between these three groups in achieving their goals, while also highlighting the essential role these groups play in creating a beautiful and diverse community here in Viet Nam," Jordan Ryan, the United Nations Resident Coordinator in the country says.

Hundreds of people including representatives of local and international NGOs, companies and international organizations, volunteer groups, youth groups, students and the public are expected to join the event.

People living with HIV/AIDS, people with disabilities, volunteers, together with their family and friends are the main participants of the event. By sharing their stories and experiences, they would seek to help people in the general public become aware of the need for everyone’s active commitment and participation in promoting community solidarity and respect for human rights to fight stigma and discrimination.

Information booths hosted by a variety of organizations, educational games, live music and drama will provide fun and entertainment for the whole family.