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Hanoi (VNA) – The Vietnam Red Cross Society (VRC) held a meeting in Hanoi on May 7 to mark International Red Cross and Red Crescent Day and launch a blood donation programme.

Speaking at the event, VRC Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Xuan Thu said that the day affirms the importance of humanitarian activities in support for the most vulnerable groups in the community.

With the theme “Red Cross – Everywhere for Everyone”, this year’s event highlighted the diversification and creativeness of each red cross society in tackling current humanitarian challenges.

The over-70-year-old Vietnam Red Cross Society has become a prestigious member which has actively contributed to works of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

It has implemented a series of humanitarian programmes in various fields, including health care, social relief and disaster response.

Last year, the organisation distributed 35 foreign non-governmental aid packages worth nearly 117 billion VND (5.16 million USD), of which more than 77 billion VND came from partners of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

A “cow bank” is VRC’s prominent project since it has been providing breeding cows as means of support to families ridden by economic difficulties across 63 cities and provinces.

After the meeting, VRC members and volunteers joined the blood donation programme. - VNA