The award aims to recognise and encourage voluntary organisations and individuals who have shown their dedication to and stellar performance in voluntary efforts (Photo:VNA)
A ceremony to launch the 2015 National Volunteer Awards was held by the Central Committee of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union (HCYU) and the United Nations Volunteer Programme in Hanoi on September 15.

The annual event has been held since 2011, aiming to recognise and encourage voluntary organisations and individuals who have shown their dedication to and stellar performance in voluntary efforts, contributing to development and national defence.

Nominations should be sent to the organising board between October 1 and 31. Public voting will take place on the website www.tinhnguyenquocgia.vn for 15 days starting from November 5.

Some 10 organisations and 10 individuals will be honoured at this year’s event. The winners will receive certificates of merit from the HCYU and 5 million VND (222.15 USD) in cash each.

Last year, the event received more than 300 applicants with detailed profiles and descriptions of volunteer initiatives, activities and future directions. Eleven organisations and five excellent individuals were awarded for their outstanding contributions.

The award ceremony is expected to be held on December 5 on the occasion of International Volunteering Day in Hanoi integrated with National Volunteering Day 2015.-VNA