Red Cross Society urged to renew to further support for disadvantaged people
Updated : Monday, January 08, 2018 2:58 PM (GMT+0700)

PresidentTran Dai Quang asked the Vietnam Red Cross Society (VRCS) to improvecommunication work and renew way of working in order to mobilise more supportfor disadvantaged groups while attending a charity art performance held inHanoi on January 7.

President Tran Dai Quang (second from left) at the charity art event - Photo: VNA

Social security policy andhumanitarian activities have been among top priorities of the Party and Statefor years, President Quang said in his speech, highlighting efforts made by theVRCS to promote charity campaigns to take care of the poor, natural calamityvictims and other vulnerable and disadvantaged groups in society.

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

The President thankedindividuals, organisations, enterprises and benefactors both inside and outsidethe countries for accompanying the VRCS’s activities.

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

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

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


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