Chief Justice Nguyen Hoa Binh presents flowers to VGCL President Bui Van Cuong at the ceremony (Source: nld.com.vn)
Hanoi (VNA) – A charitable fund, known as the "Golden hearts " fund, under the Vietnam General Confederation of Labour (VGCL), has been awarded with the Labour Order – third class for its contributions to charitable activities nationwide over the last two decades.

Chief Justice Nguyen Hoa Binh presented the honour to the fund at a ceremony to mark its 20th founding anniversary in Hanoi on October 16.

Addressing the event, VGCL President and Chairman of the management board of the fund Bui Van Cuong said the fund has developed strongly, seeing the involvement of trade unions nationwide, and organizations, enterprises and individuals.

It has worked to encourage the spirit of solidarity and charity in the community, he noted.

He affirmed the fund will continue carrying out national-scale activities targeting labourers and trade union members, towards raising the role and position of the VGCL.

Operated by the Lao Dong newspaper, the fund raised a total of 545.6 billion VND (24.55 million USD) over the last 20 years, helping a great number of disadvantaged families and victims of natural disasters.

It spent 98.6 billion VND (over 4.4 million USD) to support residents in areas hit by natural disasters, 86 billion VND (3.87 million USD) for charitable activities in island areas, and 40 billion VND (1.8 million USD) for building schools and boarding schools for poor students.

On the occasion, Tran Duy Phuong, Editor-in-chief of the Lao Dong Newspaper and Management Director of the fund, and Pham Thi Hong Chung, reporter of the newspaper, were also awarded with the Labour Order – third class in recognition of their contributions to the fund.-VNA