As many as 120 scholarships, 120 bikes and 400 gifts worth over 420 million VND in total have been presented to disadvantaged students in the southern province of Binh Duong on the occasion of the new school year.

The presents were jointly given by the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha’s Binh Duong chapter and the provincial sponsor fund for the disabled, orphans and poor patients.

Speaking at the presenting ceremony, Venerable Thich Hue Thong, head of the chapter’s Executive Board, said the annual programme aims to encourage pupils in the province to overcome difficulties to enter the new academic year.

Since the beginning of the year, the provincial sponsor fund has provided free eye operations, houses and gifts totalling 1.3 billion VND to local poor people, the elderly, orphans and disabled people.

Previously, the Red Cross of Di An town called on donors to present gifts worth almost 100 million VND to 200 needy households and scholarships to disadvantaged pupils on the threshold of the 2013-2014 school year.-VNA