A text-message campaign to raise fund for soldiers and fishermen on Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spartly) archipelagos was launched in Hanoi on May 19.

Activated by the Ministry of Information and Communications and the Vietnam Red Cross (VRC), the programme aims to raise public awareness of defending the nation’s sea and island sovereignty, said Minister Le Nam Thang.

People can support the campaign by sending messages “BD” to 1409 (each worth 18,000 VND), or objects and cash to the VRC headquarters at 82 Nguyen Du street , Hanoi or to the account 12010000036656 at the Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam (BIDV).

The campaign received 16,660 messages at the launching ceremony. It will run until July 18.

Since 2012, the Vietnam Red Cross Society has launched a number of similar programmes supporting soldiers and fishermen at Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagos and encouraging them to persistently stay at sea to defend the national sovereignty.-VNA