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Red Cross plans gifts for Agent Orange victims

Update: December, 15/2014 - 14:41
The Viet Nam Red Cross Society has launched a humanitarian campaign to help the poor and Agent Orange victims prepare for the coming traditional Tet (Lunar New Year) festival. — Photo GD&TD

HA NOI (Biz Hub) — The Viet Nam Red Cross Society has launched a humanitarian campaign to help the poor and Agent Orange victims prepare for the coming traditional Tet (Lunar New Year) festival.

Speaking at the ceremony held to launch the "Tet for the poor and Agent Orange victims" campaign today, VNRC deputy chairwoman Tran Thi Hong An said that the annual campaign aims to provide 1 million gifts, worth at least $15 each, to poor and Agent Orange families in the country.

People can also support the campaign by texting TET to 1405 from December 22, 2014 to February 21, 2015. Each SMS costs VND10,000 (US$0.5).

An said that by mid-December, the Red Cross Society in all provinces and cities had registered to donate 1.1 million gifts to the poor and Agent Orange victims nation-wide.

In its 16-year-long programme, the campaign has mobilised more than VND3,000 billion (nearly $143 million) to help nearly 14 million poor and Agent Orange families. In 2014, the campaign has mobilised nearly 1.7 million gifts, worth more than $30 million, donated by 25,500 organisations and 6,400 individuals to help the disadvantaged people in the country, according to VNRC. — VNS

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