The Vietnam Power Shift campaign hosted an auction of over 1,000 vintage books at the Many Different Tastes Coffee shop in Pandora City Plaza Mall in Ho Chi Minh City to help fund a new wave of sustainable solar bulb installation across the region.

The auction was the main event for the Old Books Brighten Up The Future program, which was launched in both Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. The program calls on community and publishers to donate books for auction, with 100% of the proceeds used to fund the expansion of the Sun in a Bottle Project, launched in 2013.

Writer Duong Nghiem Mau, actor Vo Dinh Hieu and over 300 visitors attended the event to help raise money for the Solar Water Bottles Bulbs project, an innovative program that is helping low income families to install low-cost, sustainable solar light bulbs inside their homes [is this correct?].

Ms. Hoang Thi Minh Hong, National Coordinator of the 350.org Vietnam Movement, commented: “As promised during our Different Earth Hour campaign in 2012, we have continued to roll out our Solar Water Bottle Bulbs Project throughout households across Ho Chi Minh City this year.

“The project has seen us work closely with the local community, which we hope to do much more of in the future. Initially, activity planned only for Ho Chi Minh City, but the overwhelming support the campaign attracted meant we expanded it to Hanoi too.”

More than 400 of the 1,000 books donated during the five-week appeal found new owners in the silent auction, while 10 special books that were publicly auctioned raised 15 million VND ($640) for the Solar Water Bottle Bulbs project. This amount alone will pay for the installation of 20 solar bottle bulbs in 17 households in Ho Chi Minh City.

The Old Books Brighten Up The Future program is an initiative of the Coordination Board of the 350.org Vietnam Movement under the sponsorship of the Center of Hands-on Action and Networking for Environment and Development (CHANGE) with support from Many Different Tastes and www.tinmoitruong.com.

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