Viet Nam News
HCM CITY – The HCM City Youth Union on Sunday launched its 15th Kỳ Nghỉ Hồng (Pink Holiday) Campaign with around 40,000 volunteers.
The annual campaign, which lasts until August 14, focuses on five areas: environmental protection, building a civilised life and urban beauty; social security and gratitude activities; building new rural areas; charity activities toward the country’s seas and islands; and international volunteer activities.
The volunteers are organised in nine groups in the city’s outlying districts, the South and Tây Nguyên (Central Highlands) regions, on near-shore islands and in Laos.
Phùng Thái Quang, head of the HCM City Youth Union’s Workers and Youth Division and head of the campaign, said the groups had surveyed the area where they took part in volunteer activities two months ago.
The volunteers are civil servants and State workers and employees in the city.
In environmental protection, building a civilised life and urban beauty activities, the campaign aims to guide households to classify rubbish at home and provide legal consultancy about administrative procedures for people and other works.
In social security and gratitude activities, the campaign will give 1,000 gifts for families subject to Government preferential policies and poor families, repair 10 charity houses, and present 50 scholarships and 50 bicycles for poor workers’ children.
The campaign seeks voluntary blood donors to donate at least 2,000 units of blood. After the launch ceremony, nearly 1,000 volunteers donated blood.
After the campaign’s first day, the volunteers installed lights for 40 households and water meters for 30 households in Cần Giờ District, gave 50 breeder pigs and cows to poor households in outlying districts, and paved a road in Củ Chi District.
The volunteers also provided health check-ups and medicine for nearly 1,000 households in District 5 and District 6 on the first day. — VNS