|Vice President Đặng Thị Ngọc Thịnh speaks at the third Spring in the Far Island programme held in HCM City on Sunday. — VNS Photo |Viet Nam News
HCM CITY — Organisations and individuals at the third Xuân nơi đảo xa (Spring in the Far Island) programme held in HCM City on Sunday donated more than VNĐ15 billion (US$660) to support residents and soldiers who are protecting the country’s sovereignty in the East Sea.
South African Honourary Consul Đỗ Thị Kim Liên donated VNĐ700 million to build 10 gratitude houses for soldiers from families who receive preferential treatment from the government and members of the Việt Nam People’s Navy.
The programme was organised by Vừ A Dính Scholarship Fund, the Club for Beloved Hoàng Sa and Trường Sa, the HCM City Television and the HCM Communist Youth Union. Former Vice President Trương Mỹ Hoa is the chairwoman of the fund and the club.
Speaking at the ceremony, Vice President Đặng Thị Ngọc Thịnh praised the programme, saying that over the past three years the Club for Beloved Hoàng Sa and Trường Sa had attracted more than 80 organisations and more than 3,000 individuals, collecting tens of billions of đồng.
Together with the Vừ A Dính Scholarship Fund, the club has carried out many meaningful activities to support fishermen and soldiers on Hoàng Sa - Trường Sa, including donation of charity houses and scholarships and healthcare support for children of soldiers. — VNS