President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan speaks at the event. (Source: VNA)

President Truong Tan Sang sent a letter to the Vietnam Red Cross (VRC)’s congress on September 29 in Hanoi, hailing the outcomes of the organisation’s patriotic emulation movements.

The event, which opened for the fourth time on September 28, was attended by 458 delegates, representing more than 4.4 million members, youth and volunteers of the organisation and its chapters nationwide.

In the letter, the President called for agencies at all levels, sectors, enterprises, donors and people across the nation to actively join patriotic emulation movements launched by the VRC, contributing to implementing social welfare policies of the Party and State and upholding the humane tradition of the Vietnamese people.

Addressing the event, President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan, who is also Vice Chairman of the Central Emulation and Reward Council, praised the role of the VRC in promoting the patriotic emulation movements over the past five years.

The Party, State and VFF will continue creating incentives for the organisation to fulfil its assigned tasks, he affirmed.

Over the past five years, the VRC has organised a wide range charitable programmes, mobilising more than 13.5 trillion VND (602.68 million USD) and benefiting more than 80 million needy people.

Such major programmes launched by the organisation include the “Cow bank” project, “Joining with residents in impoverished districts and border communes in building new-style rural areas” programme, and “Tet for the poor and Agent Orange victims” programme.

The organisation has also implemented projects promoting sustainable development in needy areas, such as a public infrastructure building team in Dinh Yen commune, Lap Vo district, the southern province of Dong Thap; a community-based disaster response team in the central province of Phu Yen; and “the cow bank” in Tan Son district, Phu Tho northern province.

For 2015-2020, the VRC aims to boost charitable activities among its volunteers and members, contributing to ensuring public health, enhancing disaster response and prevention, and promoting blood donation.

It will also expand the network and capability of its volunteers and members across the country to better serve its charitable movements.-VNA