HCM City Red Cross Chapter organises an annual charity walk to raise funds for victims of Agent Orange and people with disabilities (Photo: VNA)

HCM City (VNA) - The Ho Chi Minh City Red Cross Chapter in the last five years gave more than 1.46 trillion VND (nearly 66 million USD) to various charity and humanitarian activities, up 224 percent compared to the previous five-year period.

The increase was due to a rise in funds from non-profit organisations and pagodas as well as financial support from the government that matches the number of blood donations to the Red Cross, which also rose during the period.

In addition, an average of 362 million VND (16,300 USD) was allocated annually to assist 150 victims of Agent Orange between 2011 and 2016, according to reports at the chapter’s five-year congress held in HCM City on September 30.

Over the last five years, the chapter donated more than 21,300 scholarships to disadvantaged students and offered support for 58,000 elderly residents.

It also helped fund operations for nearly 300 children with congenital heart defects.-VNA