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Vietnam Red Cross Society announces its top 10 outstanding events in 2018

by NDO30 December 2018 Last updated at 17:39 PM

Vietnam Red Cross Society staff deliver aid to locals in flood-hit district of Yen Dinh, Thanh Hoa province (Photo: VNA)
Vietnam Red Cross Society staff deliver aid to locals in flood-hit district of Yen Dinh, Thanh Hoa province (Photo: VNA)

VTV.vn - On December 28, the Vietnam Red Cross Society (VNRC) Central Committee announced its top ten outstanding humanity and charitable events in 2018 as follows:

1. Party General Secretary and State President Nguyen Phu Trong was assigned by the Party Central Committee's Politburo to be the Honorary President of the VNRC.

2. The Government Prime Minister approved the VNRC’s Charter for the 2017-2022 term and issued Directive 18/CT-TTg on ‘Improving the efficiency of humanitarian work and Red Cross activities in the new situation’.

3. The Party Central Committee’s Secretariat gave the nod to the VRC to launch the Humanitarian Month in May 2018, which was observed in Hanoi and many other cities and provinces nationwide. The month raised more than VND244 billion to support around 626,000 people in need.

4. The arts programme held in Hanoi on January 7 as part of the ‘Bring Tet for the Poor and Agent Orange/ Dioxin Victims’ campaign. Nearly 2.72 million Tet gifts worth over VND1.2 trillion were committed by collectives, individuals and businesses at the event to support poor people and residents living in flood-affected areas.

5. The fifth nationwide Red Cross camp, held in August in Can Tho province, gathered 560 Vietnamese and international volunteers. A national network called Red Volunteer was introduced at the event. For the first time, the VNRC hosted a range of activities in response to the International Volunteer Day (December 5).

6. The VNRC has boosted exchanges by sending delegations abroad and receiving international guests. The VNRC established a strategic partnership with the American Red Cross and deepened its cooperation with the Red Cross Society of China.

7. The Society coordinated with the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) and the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations (VUFO) to organise the first conference on humanitarian activities in Vietnam in December.

8. Over its 10 editions, the Bring Tet for the Poor and Agent Orange/ Dioxin Victims’ campaign has benefited more than 16.9 million people. During the 2008-201 period, the VNRC-launched blood donation campaign gathered 9.2 million blood units, attracting more than 11.4 million blood donors across the country.

9. Cooperation in training with Japanese partners was set up for the first time with the debut of a training programme on caring for the elderly.

10. The VNRC offered aid to help Lao people affected by the dam break in Attapeu province, and brought relief to victims of Typhoon Damrey. Over the past five years, the VNRC has spent an average of VND 2 trillion per year on humanitarian activities.

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