More than 450 million VND (21,150 USD) was raised for AO/dioxin victims in the southern province of Vinh Long at a cultural exchange and art performance held in the locality on December 17.

The event, organised by the local Association for the Victims of Agent Orange/dioxin (AVAO) in conjunction with the province’s Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism and Union of Friendship Organisations, saw the participation of many Vietnamese artists and those from the Republic of Korea.

According to AVAO Chairman Phan Thanh Rang, Vinh Long is home to more than 6,000 AO victims , with half of them are children.

Most of them meet difficulties in their lives and need assistance from the community to integrate into the society.

The money collected at the event will be used to provide scholarships and health care services as well as build houses and centres for taking care of the victims.-VNA