National volunteer festival 2018 launched
Updated : Monday, December 03, 2018 10:55 AM (GMT+0700)

The National VolunteerDay 2018 was organised in Hanoi on December 1 in response to InternationalVolunteer Day (December 5). 

At the event - Source: VNA

Speaking at the event, permanent Secretary of the CentralCommittee of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union (HCMCYU) Nguyen Anh Tuansaid the event aims to honour efforts of domestic and foreign voluntaryorganisations and individuals, thus contributing to socio-economicdevelopment. 

It also offers participants a chance to meet and shareexperience in the field, he said, hailing creative models to bring practicalresults to the community. 

The day attracted 2,000 domestic and foreign volunteers withdiverse activities such as the opening ceremony, a walking event gathering1,500 people to popularise International Volunteer Day, and fundraising insupport of ethnic minority students in the northern mountainous region. 

On the occasion, the HCMCYU Central Committee and the UnitedNations Volunteers Programme presented the National Volunteer Awards 2018 toeight collectives and 10 individuals who made outstanding dedication tovoluntary work. 

As many as 20 clubs and volunteer groups were also honouredwith certificates of merit. 

Thirty gifts worth 150 million VND (6,500 USD) were presentedto 30 poor ethnic minority students from the northern mountainous provinces ofDien Bien, Lai Chau, Son La, Ha Giang, Lao Cai and Cao Bang. 

A blood donation event at the National Institute ofHematology and Blood Transfusion, music performances and gift-giving to poorpatients at Viet Duc Hospital, and walking to raise funds for poor ethnicstudents were also held

A photo exhibition on volunteer moments and stalls introducingvoluntary activities were launched.

Source: VNA

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