The Hanoi Beer trading joint stock company has raised 500 million VND (23,500 USD) to support residents, fishermen and soldiers in the Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagos.

The sum was handed over to the Vietnam Red Cross (VRC) at a ceremony in Hanoi on July 11.

It was collected during June 15-July 14 to respond to a campaign themed “joint efforts for national sea and islands”, launched by the VRC and the Ministry of Information and Communications.

Doan Van Thai, VRC Vice Chairman and General Secretary, said that the money will be used to buy desalimising and communication equipment as well as devices for the fisheries surveillance force and coastguards to facilitate their works.-VNA