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Red Cross Society to collect blood, buy cows

Update: May, 06/2013 - 09:27
Volunteers text to raise funds for the Cow Bank project which is dedicated to buy cows for poor people. The project is launched to celebrate 150th anniversary of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. — VNA/VNS Photo Thanh Tung

HA NOI (VNS)— The Viet Nam Red Cross yesterday launched two campaigns, one for blood donations and the other to raise funds for its Cow Bank, to buy livestock for people in poor districts.

"The Viet Nam Red Cross calls on all Party and Government's levels, international and local organisations and people for joining in the campaigns in order to help vulnerable people in community overcoming difficulties," said chairman Nguyen Hai Duong at a meeting to celebrate the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Day, May 8.

The group has committed to working with the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Federation and countries in putting forwards humanitarian activities and co-operation with the federation members and actively implementing social security policies of the party and Government, said Duong.

The campaign, called Red Blood Drops, aims to collect at least 300,000 blood units (each unit equal to 350ml) from 600,000 people who register for blood donations from now to September 2.

The Cow Bank campaign to help people in poor districts and border communes is to raise VND100 billion (US$4.76 million) during 2013-14 to buy 10,000 cows.

Initiated by the society, Viet Nam Television and the Border Guard High Command in 2008, the Cow Bank has provided more than 7,000 cows to 111 districts in 39 provinces, including 34 districts among the country's 62 poor districts. The campaign plans to provide cows to all 62 poor districts and 1,000 border communes. — VNS

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