Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long (L) presents gifts to children with cancer in September 2015 (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – A mobile texting campaign aimed at raising fund for poor cancer patients across the country was launched in Hanoi on December 8.

The launching ceremony was jointly held by the Ministry of Public Health’s “Ngay Mai Tuoi Sang” (Bright Future) fund for cancer patients, the Vietnam Television and National Humanitarian Portal 1400.

People can support the campaign by sending messages “UT” to the switchboard 1406. Each costs 12,000 VND (0.53 USD). Individuals and organisations can also donate money to the fund through its accounts 142 020 100 5350 and 142 010 100 5366 at the Vietnam Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development’s branch at 23B Quang Trung, Hoan Kiem district, Hanoi.

The campaign will last until 24:00 of February 6, 2016.

Speaking at the event, Deputy Health Minister Nguyen Thi Xuyen highlighted the significance of the event, expressing her hope that it will help relieve the pain of cancer patients with difficult background.

Established in 2011, the “Ngay Mai Tuoi Sang” fund organised various and practical activities to assist cancer patients.

From June 2012 up to now, it presented gifts to 6,200 cancer patients, and provided early detection check-ups and treatment for thousands of others.-VNA