08/01/2018 15:12 GMT+7 Email Print Like 0

Red Cross Society urged to renew to further support for disadvantaged people

President Tran Dai Quang asked the Vietnam Red Cross Society (VRCS) to improve communication work and renew way of working in order to mobilise more support for disadvantaged groups while attending a charity art performance held in Hanoi on January 7.

Social security policy and humanitarian activities have been among top priorities of the Party and State for years, President Quang said in his speech, highlighting efforts made by the VRCS to promote charity campaigns to take care of the poor, natural calamity victims and other vulnerable and disadvantaged groups in society.

He singled out the “Cow Bank” project and the campaign “Tet for the poor and AO victims” as examples of standout initiatives of the organisation to help the needy.

The President thanked individuals, organisations, enterprises and benefactors both inside and outside the countries for accompanying the VRCS’s activities.

The “Tet for the poor and AO victims”, which started in 1999, has brought millions of gifts to impoverished households to welcome warm Tet holidays. In the past five years, the VRCS has presented 10 million of Tet gifts worth more than 3.46 trillion VND (152.6 million USD) to the needy.

At the art charity show, the VRCS launched “Tet for the poor and AO victims 2018” campaign, aiming to mobilise support from local and international communities to provide at least 2 million Tet gifts to poor and AO families nationwide.

The society also joined hands with the National Humanitarian Portal 1400 to kick off an SMS campaign to mobilise funds for the disadvantaged. People can support the campaign by texting TET to 1409 from December 27, 2017 to February 24, 2018. Each mobile text message will contribute 20,000 VND (0.85 USD) to the fund.