The Vietnam Red Cross Society chapter in the southern province of Dong Thap has mobilised 62.5 billion VND (2.9 million USD) since the outset of this year to help the impoverished, the disabled and Agent Orange/dioxin victims in the locality.

Nearly 46,700 presents and cash totally worth 15 billion VND (697,700 USD) were distributed to those in need during the campaign “Tet for the Poor and Agent Orange Victims”.

The provincial Red Cross Society also hired land to cultivate rice for fundraising, which was then used to build houses for the poor and support general hospitals in Lap Vo and Sa Dec districts.

It also provided free medical checks-up and medicines to over 500 poor households and more than 2,400 families in Cambodia’s Preyveng province, with a combined sum of 309 million VND (14,372 USD).

The provincial Red Cross Society also effectively popularised blood donation campaigns through the Xuan Hong (Red Spring) Blood Donation Festival and the Red Blood Summer campaign which attracted substantial community participation.

Some 18 cows worth 292 million VND (13,581 USD) were donated thanks to the “cow bank” project implemented in the province.

In addition, 511 houses were presented to the poor and 70 bridges were built, facilitating local livelihoods.

Nguyen Phuoc Vinh, Vice President of the provincial Red Cross Society, said charitable activities will be accelerated to further support the needy in the coming time.-VNA