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HCM City (VNA) – The “Tet lam dieu hay” (Good things for Tet) programme in Ho Chi Minh City has raised more than 11 billion VND (482,900 USD) to support needy people ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday (Tet).

The programme, coordinated by HCM City Television and the local Farmers’ Union, took place on January 28. It planned to offer 2,000 Tet gifts, 1,000 saving accounts and 1,500 Luong Dinh Cua scholarships, as well as support the purchase of 300 farming tools and the building of 50 charity houses.

Speaking at the event, Standing Vice Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Le Thanh Liem said supporting disadvantaged residents is a consistent part of municipal policy, with initiatives to reduce development gaps between urban and rural areas and build new-style rural localities.

In the past 10 years, the programme has mobilised 80 billion VND (3.51 million USD) in total, handed over more than 950 charity houses, and presented Tet gifts to more than 12,300 members of the municipal Farmers’ Union, and 5,300 Luong Dinh Cua scholarships.-VNA