Close to 55 billion VND (2.6 million USD) was donated for needy children during a fund raising programme held in Hanoi on January 24.

The programme, entitled “Mua xuan cho em” (Spring for children), was jointly organised by the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, the National Fund for Vietnamese Children (NFVC), and Vietnam Television in honour of the upcoming Lunar New Year (Tet) festival.

Attending the event were Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan, Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Pham Thi Hai Chuyen, and stakeholders contributing to child protection, care, and education over the past year.

Addressing at the event, Minister Chuyen said the Party and State have focused their attention on children, especially those with special needs, providing them with improved living conditions and fostering their development.

In 2014, the NFVC raised over 95 billion VND (4.5 million USD) and assisted more than 86,000 disadvantaged children nationwide, she added.

On the occasion, the organising committee presented 30 Tet gift packages to children with special difficulties.-VNA