More than 20 billion VND (940,000 USD) has been raised during a two-month texting campaign titled “Joining hands for the homeland’s sea and islands”, according to the Vietnam Red Cross (VRC).

Started from May 19, the campaign received more than 1 million messages worth over 19.1 billion VND (897,700 USD). Apart of this, over 1.6 billion VND in cash was sent to the VRC from 121 individuals and organisations to support the campaign.

At a ceremony to review the campaign in Hanoi on August 7, 93 cameras and 23 seawater filters bought from the collected money were handed over to the Vietnamese coast guard and fisheries surveillance forces.

Meanwhile, several fishermen and naval soldiers’ relatives were also provided with financial assistance.
According to Vice President and Secretary General of the VRC Central Committee Doan Van Thai, the campaign offered a source of encouragement for offshore fishermen and soldiers who are working to protect the national sea and islands.

It also helped raise public awareness of safeguarding the country’s sea and island sovereignty.
On this occasion, Vietnamese website presented a Vietnam-shaped map made from over 106,000 photos to people and soldiers living in Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago.-VNA