Tet gifts and bus tickets for needy students to return home for Tet (Source: VNA)

HCM City (VNA) – A ceremony was held in District 1, HCM City on February 6 to bid farewell to 3,000 needy students returning home for the Lunar New Year (Tet).

The event is part of the programme “Spring bus journey” organised by the municipal chapters of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union, the Vietnam Fatherland Front and the Vietnam Students' Association of Ho Chi Minh City.

Quach Hai Dat, Director of the Ho Chi Minh City Student Assistance Centre (SAC) said in 2018, the centre mobilised 2.5 billion VND to buy bus tickets to send 3,000 needy students home for Tet.

It also presented 2,000 gifts to those who have to spend the holiday far from their families.

Le Thi Hang, from Bo Trach, the central province of Quang Binh, one of the students, expressed her happiness to receive the bus ticket, saying that she couldn’t afford one, because of her family’s difficulties caused by floods.

“I am so happy. The programme is so meaningful, giving students in need like me a chance to enjoy the traditional Tet festival with our families,” Hang said.

The programme is an annual event hosted by the SAC under the municipal chapter of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union.

Since its launching in 2002, the programme has helped over 47,000 needy students.-VNA