15,000 life jackets donated to poor fishermen hinh anh 1A fisherman in Phu Yen province receives a life jacket. (Photo:VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Businesses and people have donated 15,000 life jackets worth over 20 billion VND to fishermen in need in central provinces and cities.

The donation was made in response to an joint appeal from former President Truong Tan Sang, who is former Honorary Chairman of the Vietnam Red Cross Society (VRC), and the VRC Central Committee.

Thanh Hoa, Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Thua Thien-Hue, Quang Nam and Khanh Hoa provinces, and Da Nang city will receive 1,000 life jackets each. As many as 1,600 life jackets will be presented to Quang Ngai and Phu Yen provinces each while 1,800 others will be handed over to fishermen in Binh Dinh. Fishermen in Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago will also get 1,000 life jackets.

The donation of life jackets to poor fishermen is a practical activity, helping to ensure the safety of fishermen while fishing offshore, developing the economy and participating in the protection of the country's sovereignty over seas and islands.

This was part of a charity programme run by "Sharing" volunteer group founded by Mai Thi Hanh, spouse of former President Truong Tan Sang. Last year, 3,500 life jackets were presented to needy fishermen in central provinces./.