At the launching ceremony (Photo: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – The National Volunteer Award 2016 was launched in Hanoi on August 1 to honour organisations and individuals who actively engage in voluntary activities for the benefits of the community.

The award, initiated by the Central Committee of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union (HCYU) and the United Nations Volunteer Programme, will be granted to 10 outstanding organisations and individuals, said Secretary of the HCYU and President of the Vietnam Youth Association Nguyen Phi Long.

The organising board will present additional prizes for the best online selected organisation and individual as well as promising ones for sustainable development targets.

Awardees are governmental and non-governmental organisations and agencies as well as voluntary groups and clubs operating for at least one year and with a minimum membership of 20.

Individuals must be Vietnamese citizens aged 15 years old above living in Vietnam and having at least two years to get involved in voluntary activities across the fields such as health, education, environment, culture, and community development.

Foreign citizens must be 18 years old above and have at least one year to work as a volunteer in Vietnam.

The submission will run from August 2 to October 30, 2016. The organising board will announce the list of contestants on the website www.tinhnguyenquocgia.vn

The awarding ceremony is scheduled for December 5 in Hanoi.-VNA