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Cities plan Tet programmes to aid the disadvantaged

Update: January, 11/2012 - 10:10

 

The poor receive gifts for Tet (lunar new year) from the HCM City's Poor Patient Supporting Association and Long Thang Pagoda in southern Ben Tre Province. — VNA/VNS Photo The Anh
HA NOI — Many activities have been planned in Ha Noi, Da Nang and HCM City to help the poor, mountainous residents, Agent Orange victims and others enjoy a warm Tet.

A delegation from the HCM City Fatherland Front visited Da Nang City and offered VND300 million ($14,300) to help poor residents in the area. The delegation also visited Ca Tu ethnic people in Hoa Bac Commune, Hoa Vang District to present 200 gifts, each worth VND500,000 ($24), to poor people who were struggling after being hit by natural disasters.

The Hoa Vang District People's Committee also said it would spend VND1.076 billion ($51,300) helping its people to celebrate the Lunar New Year.

To help disadvantaged students studying at universities and colleges in Da Nang, Student Unions at all levels campaigned for a donation of more than 1,500 bus tickets, each worth VND200,000 ($10).

In addition to the trip to Da Nang, the HCM City Fatherland Front delegation also visited Thanh Hoa Province to present 200 gifts worth a total VND120 million ($5,800) to families who suffered heavy losses in floods and other natural disasters.

In Ha Noi, many businesses and individuals have offered to help the poor for Lunar New Year, especially people in mountainous and remote areas.

Through the Cam Lo District Red Cross, organisations and businesses offered tens of millions of dong to Agent Orange victims and the disabled in difficult living conditions. The Cam Lo District Red Cross presented 120 Tet gifts, each worth VND200,000 ($10), to people in need.

In HCM City, a programme called the 7th Charity Walk – Lawrence S Ting attracted more than 13,500 participants. The programme raised more than VND2.37 billion ($113,000) to help poor people in District 7, District 8, Nha Be District and Binh Chanh District.

Last Sunday, the HCM City Confederation of Labour presented free bus tickets and Tet gifts to 6,252 workers before they returned to their homelands for the holiday. — VNS

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