|A programme titled "Connecting the East Sea" was held yesterday as part of a campaign launched to raise funds in support of fishermen.— File Photo
HA NOI (VNS)— A programme titled "Connecting the East Sea" was held yesterday as part of a campaign launched to raise funds in support of fishermen.
The event, broadcast live across VTV channels, created opportunities for fishermen to describe the challenges and risks facing them in their work offshore.
A lack of sufficient communications equipment emerged as a key concern, with stranded sailors at risk of losing contact with land.
Viewers nation-wide were given a clear view of heart-rending accidents that fishermen suffered and heard both successful and unsuccessful rescue stories retold by sea police.
A TV report was screened on this occasion describing the daily activities of fishermen from Da Nang City who were operating offshore Hoang Sa archipelagos.
Representatives from businesses and organisations used the occasion to donate money and communications device to these fishermen.
The month-long campaign was launched on September 15 with the aim of helping fishermen cope with natural disasters and contribute to protecting national sovereignty. It has so far raised nearly VND4 billion (US$190,000) from organisations and individuals.
Collected funds will be used to equip vessels of fishermen across the country with communications devices worth VND10 million ($476) each.
The devices are expected to help fishermen promptly receive information relating to natural disasters so that they can take appropriate preventive measures to remain safe.
People can support the fishermen by sending an SMS, handing in communications equipment or sending a wire transfer.
The campaign has been jointly organised by the Ministry of Information and Communications, Viet Nam Red Cross, Viet Nam Television and Radio the Voice of Viet Nam.
Viet Nam currently has a fleet of around 130,000 fishing vessels, only 10 per cent of which have been equipped with communications devices. — VNS