(Source: 1400.vn)

Hanoi (VNA) – The Vietnam Red Cross Society and the National Humanitarian Portal 1400 launched a mobile texting campaign to raise fund for fishermen residing in 10 central coastal provinces and cities on June 17.

People can support the campaign by texting “BD” to 1409; each message costs 18,000 VND (0.8 USD).

All donations will be used for the organisation of various programmes to provide free health checkups and medicine, fishing equipment and first aid training courses, among others.

Localities benefiting from these programmes include Binh Thuan, Ninh Thuan, Quang Ngai, Quang Nam and Thua Thien – Hue.

The campaign last until August 4.

In 2014, a similar campaign gathered one million text messages, equaling approximately 20 billion VND (896,800 USD). The funds raised helped the organising board buy specialised cameras and seawater filters for fisheries surveillance and coast guard forces, as well as support their families and needy fishermen.-VNA