|Nearly 600 officials and volunteers of the Việt Nam Red Cross Society walk in a parade in HCM City’s District 5 to celebrate World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day. Photo Thế Anh|Viet Nam News
HCM CITY — Nearly 600 officials and volunteers of the Việt Nam Red Cross Society yesterday participated in the World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day celebration in HCM City.
The day is an annual celebration of the principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, with more than 80 million members and 16 million volunteers.
More than 400,000 volunteers are participating in the work of the Red Cross, including blood donation, first aid, emergency response, health and social care, and preparing for natural disasters, said Đoàn Văn Thái, deputy chairman of the Việt Nam Red Cross Society.
The society calls on everyone to be involved in the humanitarian movement, Thái said.
Over the 70 years since its inception, the Việt Nam Red Cross Society has contributed significantly to the international humanitarian cause, he added.
Various charity campaigns have been effectively implemented across the country, including Tết (Lunar New Year) for the poor and victims of Agent Orange, blood donation campaigns, cow banks for the poor, and community health check-ups and treatment.
Last year, the Red Cross Society’s HCM City Chapter received donations worth VNĐ348 billion (US$15.5 million), an increase of 20 per cent compared to 2014.
The volume of blood donated to the Red Cross in HCM City was 221.944 blood units, accounting for 17 per cent of the country’s blood donations. — VNS