20.01.2021, 11:53

Ho Chi Minh City youths organize charitable photo shoot for elderly citizens

A group of young Vietnamese have organized a charitable photo shoot for elderly people at a social protection center in Ho Chi Minh City and gifted them a wonderful day filled with laughter.

About 30 members of a program named ‘Ngay Mong Mo’ (Dreamy Day) arrived at Thien An elderly protection center in Tam Phu Ward, Thu Duc District on Saturday.

The members included young singers, photographers, TV hosts, stylists, and makeup artists among others.



Ho Chi Minh City youths organize charitable photo shoot for elderly citizens

Members of ‘Ngay Mong Mo’ program pose for a photo with elderly people at Thien An social protection center in Ho Chi Minh City, January 16, 2021. Photo: Vu Thuy / Tuoi Tre

Some of the group members had already met each other at previous charitable events, while for others, it was their first time meeting and working with one another.

No matter their experience level, they all coordinated harmoniously to organize a fun-filled photo shoot for the elderly citizens.

The members arrived early in the morning to set up two mobile studios on the premises of the protection center.




Nguyen Thi Hue, 70, poses for a photo with TV host Le Phuoc Tai and makeup artist Dinh Van Long at Thien An elderly protection center in Ho Chi Minh City, January 16, 2021. Photo: Sang Nguyen

Prior to the main event, the group prepared several musical performances as well as invited the elderly people at the center to show their singing talents and love of music.

Some members were also in charge of making jokes and giving compliments to the elderly in order to put a smile on their faces and make sure they enjoyed the activity.

Following the performances, the makeup artists and stylists began helping the elderly citizens put on light makeup and fresh outfits for their photos.




Makeup artist Vien Duong puts lipstick on 74-year-old Huynh Thi Hong Tram at Thien An elderly protection center in Ho Chi Minh City, January 16, 2021. Photo: Vu Thuy / Tuoi Tre

Nearly 100 elderly people are living at Thien An center. Many of them have no relatives, while others were previously homeless and had to earn a living on their own despite old age.

My Le, a 75-year-old blind woman, said she used to be a lottery ticket seller before arriving at the protection center.

Le loves music and has learned to sing a lot of songs by just hearing them on the radio.

She also performed several songs with the youngsters during the charitable event.




Van Thi puts on makeup for an elderly woman at Thien An social protection center in Ho Chi Minh City, January 16, 2021. Photo: Vu Thuy / Tuoi Tre

Nguyen Thi Hue, 70, did not sing but instead read a poem with her warm voice.

“I have been living by myself since my parents passed away. I previously worked as a housekeeper until I could no longer do the job due to old age,” Hue stated.




Nguyen Quoc Thinh, stylist and organizer of ‘Ngay Mong Mo’ program, receives a hug from an elderly woman at Thien An social protection center in Ho Chi Minh City, January 16, 2021. Photo: Ngan Nguyen



My Le, 75, performs a song with members of ‘Ngay Mong Mo’ program at Thien An social protection center in Ho Chi Minh City, January 16, 2021. Photo: Vu Thuy / Tuoi Tre



An elderly woman poses for a photo with a flower at Thien An elderly protection center in Ho Chi Minh City, January 16, 2021. Photo: Vu Thuy / Tuoi Tre



Members of ‘Ngay Mong Mo’ program put makeup on elderly women to prepare for their photo shoot at Thien An elderly protection center in Ho Chi Minh City, January 16, 2021. Photo: Ngan Nguyen