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Thousands of youths to take part in summer volunteer campaigns

Update: May, 17/2018 - 18:23
“Green Summer” campaign volunteers clean up the blocked 19/5 Canal in HCM City’s Tân Bình District. — VNA/VNS Photo Mạnh Linh
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HCM CITY — HCM City Communist Youth Union on Wednesday announced its volunteer campaigns for youth for the summer.

Ngô Minh Hải, deputy secretary of the Hồ Chí Minh Communist Youth Union (HCYU), said the campaigns aim to promote the important role of youth in contributing to the city’s cultural, social and economic development.

The activities will take place in the city’s 24 districts, Thổ Chu Island of Kiên Giang Province, several other provinces, and in Laos and Cambodia.

With the theme “Volunteers Gain Experience and Grow Up”, the 13th Hoa phượng đỏ (Red Flamboyant) Volunteer Campaign for 40,000 high school students and young teachers will begin on June 3 and end on July 1.

The campaign will include activities to build a “civilised urban” lifestyle in the city, protect the environment, adapt to climate change, and provide courses in social skills and life experiences for students.

From June 24 to August 12, the 12th Hành Quân Xanh (Green March) Volunteer Campaign is expected to attract about 18,000 volunteers.

The campaign mainly helps former drug addicts who have completed a drug detoxification programme to integrate back into the community.

It provides courses in self-defense skills, survival skills for emergencies, communication skills, skills to escape fires, swimming safety skills, and basic aquatic skills to prevent drowning.

The 17th Kỳ Nghỉ Hồng (Red Holiday) Volunteer Campaign will run from July 8 to August 12, and is expected to attract about 50,000 participants.

The activity will focus on outlying districts, some provinces in the southeast and southwest, and the Tây Nguyên (Central Highlands), Thổ Chu Island, and Laos.

Volunteers will build new rural and civilized urban areas, promote the slogan “When drinking water, remember its sources”, and urge protection of the country’s seas and islands sovereignty.

More than 60,000 youths are expected to take part in the 25th Mùa Hè Xanh (Green Summer) Volunteer Campaign this year from July 15 to August 12.

The campaign will upgrade and build about 40km of rural roads in outlying districts, five kilometres of urban roads, and 10 concrete bridges in rural areas; dredge and clean up seven polluted canals; install six water purification systems; and build 10 playgrounds for children.

The HCYU will also launch Tiếp Sức Mùa Thi (Assistance during Exam Season) Programme, between June 17 and August 12.

The programme will provide free accommodations to students and their relatives, and give instruction on how to complete required documents for admission to universities, colleges and vocational schools. — VNS

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