|HCM City Red Cross Chapter organises an annual charity walk to raise funds for victims of Agent Orange and people with disabilities. — Photo Thế Anh|Viet Nam News
HCM CITY — The HCM City Red Cross Chapter in the last five years gave more than VNĐ1.46 trillion (nearly US$66 million) to various charity and humanitarian activities, up 224 per cent compared to the previous five-year period.
The increase was due to a rise in funds from nonprofit organisations and pagodas as well as financial support from the government that matches the number of blood donations to the Red Cross, which also rose during the period.
In addition, an average of VNĐ362 million ($16,300) was allocated annually to assist 150 victims of Agent Orange between 2011 and 2016, according to reports at the chapter’s five-year congress held yesterday in HCM City.
Over the last five years, the chapter donated more than 21,300 scholarships to disadvantaged students and offered support for 58,000 elderly residents.
It also helped fund operations for nearly 300 children with congenital heart defects.
More than one million blood units were donated to the Red Cross in HCM City in the period, accounting for one-fourth of the country’s volume of donated blood.
More than 770 first aid sites were also set up in the city, with more than 10,000 trained first aid officials. —VNS