The Vietnam Red Cross (VRC) mobilised more than 949 billion VND (46 million USD) through a number of movements in the first half of 2011.

The figure was released at the 9 th Conference of the VRC Central Committee, which opened in Hanoi on July 13.

In the six-month period, the “Tet (Lunar New Year) festival for the poor and AO victims” movement raised more than 242 billion VND for 971,676 poor households and AO victims.

The money has been also used to build and upgrade 682 houses for households with special difficulties.

The VRC mobilised over 161 billion VND for Japanese people to help them overcome earthquake and tsunami consequences.

Additionally, its “Cow Bank” project provided nearly 5,400 cows for 21,500 people in 180 poor communes in 24 provinces nationwide.

After three years of implementation, the campaign entitled “each organisation, each individual assist one humanitarian address” has collected over 1.1 trillion VND for more than 1 million people with special difficulties.

At the conference, Vice State President Nguyen Thi Doan presented the first-class Independence Order to Prof. Dr. Nguyen Trong Nhan, former Health Minister and former VRC President for his outstanding contributions to the development of the VRC./.