More than 80,000 students are taking part in an annual voluntary campaign that kicked off in Ho Chi Minh City on July 19.

They have been divided into 9 groups to launch a large number of social and humanitarian activities across the southern city, 12 neighbouring provinces, Phu Quy island district in central Binh Thuan province, and some Lao provinces.

Running through August 16, the programme includes communications campaigns on environmental protection, traffic safety and building a civilised society and technical transfer to farmers.

The students will deliver scholarships and gifts to disadvantaged students, provide free health care services to the needy and build transport works in rural areas.

The campaign sets the goal of paving 40 kilometres of rural road with cement, upgrading and building ten rural bridges, dredging eight canals and fixing electricity problems for 1,000 poor households, among others.

According to Pham Hong Son, deputy secretary of the municipal committee of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union, this year, the summer campaign will be closely coordinated with other ongoing social projects to expand the positive impacts.-VNA