|Local authorities in Lang Son Province give poor children gifts to help them enjoy a happier Tet festival. The Viet Nam Red Cross has decided to donate US$225,600 to help disadvantaged families in 37 localities during the holiday. – VNA/VNS Quy Trung
HA NOI (VNS)— Around VND150 billion (US$7 million) was raised for poor children at an art programme held on Saturday.
The seventh "Spring for Children" event was co-hosted by the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, the National Fund for Vietnamese Children and Viet Nam Television.
The money will be used to buy gifts for disadvantaged children during the upcoming Tet (Lunar New Year) festival.
Addressing the programme, Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan said that efforts had been made to care for children, the elderly and people with disabilities despite the country's economic difficulties, thanks to support from the Party, State, ministries, agencies, localities and donors.
She expressed her thanks to donors from both inside and outside the country for raising funds to assist poor children, and asked them to continue their support.
The 2012 programme raised VND24.5 billion ($1.16 million) to finance eye surgery for 675 children and heart surgery for 185 children.
In HCM City, more than VND26 billion ($1.2 million) was raised for poor farmers at a programme held last Friday.
The money will help farmers who have overcome major difficulties to enjoy a happier Tet festival.
As part of the activities implemented by the municipal Association of Farmers over the last five years, the programme has received great support from enterprises, organisations and individuals.
The Viet Nam Red Cross has also decided to donate VND4.8 billion ($225,600) in aid to help disadvantaged families in 37 localities on the occasion of the Tet festival. — VNS