03/08/2018 11:12 GMT+7 print

HCM City: Music show raises more than 1.8 million USD for seas, islands

More than 43 billion VND (1.85 million USD) was raised for the National Seas and Islands Foundation during a music show in Ho Chi Minh City on August 2.

The show was co-hosted by the city’s Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Committee and Ho Chi Minh City Television (HTV) and broadcast live at 7:30pm on HTV1.

Performances praising the seas, islands and patriotism were staged by artists who recently visited Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago and other islands southwest of the mainland. An exchange with naval soldiers who defend national sea and island sovereignty was also held.

Funds raised at the event will be used to aid naval soldiers, border and coast guards, fishery surveillance staff, fishermen and people living in border areas and islands.

Over the years, HCM City’s authorities and people have organised events to promote the country’s sea and islands and responsibility towards national sovereignty protection and to raise funds for the National Seas and Islands Foundation, said President of the municipal VFF Committee To Thi Bich Chau at the event.

Since 2009, the committee has sent delegations to visit and present gifts, worth a total of nearly 200 billion VND, to naval soldiers and people living in Truong Sa archipelago and DK1 marine defence platform and those living in islands southwest of the mainland and border areas.

It has worked with the naval force to build a multi-functional cultural house in Da Nam island of Truong Sa and helped border guards construct 60 houses for poor soldiers and people in border areas of northern provinces. It also joined a project to supply clean water to those living in the southwest region.

Last year, the foundation raised more than 30 billion VND (1.32 million USD) which was spent on building a training room for Submarine Brigade 189, water reservoirs and farming gardens on Phu Quoc, Tho Chu and Hon Doc islands, fresh water supply facilities in five provinces and a solar power station for Dac O border guard station in the southern province of Binh Phuoc.