by Thu Hang
Eco-tours grow in popularity in VN
Tourists usually go to the beach to swim, sunbathe, search for seashells and watch the sun go down. Yet, others want to do more than just soak up the sun.
Do Tuan Anh, director of VietMark Company, said that many young people today were signing up for a new tour that combines relaxation with environmental clean-up on islands across the country.
Early this month, dozens of employees of Oxalis Adventure Tours, for example, visited Ly Son Island off central Quang Ngai Province on a tour arranged by VietMark.
Besides visiting famous tourist attractions, the group spent their holiday collecting plastic bags, bottles and food discarded on beaches or in the sea.
"I can't believe there's so much rubbish on this beautiful island," said Nguyen Thanh Dat, 23, an employee of Oxalis Adventure Tours. "I think local people as well as tourists should be aware of protecting the environment."
Nguyen Chau My, deputy director of Oxalis Adventure Tours, said the company hoped to raise awareness among employees about environmental protection in the areas where they schedule tours.
"Every tourist should help keep the environment clean for the people who come after them," My said.
Mother's kidney saves daughter's life
"I was reborn, and my mother was my lifesaver," said Truong Thuy An, a 25-year-old woman diagnosed with end-stage kidney failure earlier this year.
An, who had been on dialysis for six months, lives and works in HCM City. After graduating from Da Nang University of Science and Technology, she moved to the city for a job.
When doctors diagnosed her condition, her mother, Tang Thi Thu, 48, a farmer from the central province of Quang Nam, decided to donate her kidney.
Last month, doctors at Da Nang General Hospital performed the kidney transplant operation, after running tests that ensured An's blood type and other factors matched her mother's.
After the two-hour operation, An burst into tears as doctors said that her mother had recovered consciousness.
Thu said: "Although my health is weak, I was so happy to see my daughter alive. Children mean everything to me."
On October 13, Da Nang General Hospital organised a ceremony to honor Thu as a kidney donor. On the same day, An was discharged from the hospital and returned home. — VNS