Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan has called for more support from domestic and foreign organisations and individuals to help poor children enjoy a warm Lunar New Year at the seventh “Spring for Children” art programme held in Hanoi on January 11.

The programme was co-organised by the National Fund for Vietnamese Children (NFVC), the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, and Vietnam Television.

Doan, who is also NFVC President, thanked donors for their support for children nationwide. However, she noted that there are still many living in underprivileged circumstances across the country.

On this occasion, the fund received about 150 billion VND (7.05 million USD) from nearly 50 organisations and individuals inside and outside the country.

It also launched a messaging campaign from January 11 to March 11, during which every message sent to the number 1408 contributed 16,000 VND (0.75 USD) to the fund.

In 2013, NFVC collected 62.7 billion VND (2.95 million USD) from donors and provided help for 1.5 million poor children nationwide.

Earlier, Vice President Doan also held a meeting to honour organisations and individuals who have contributed to the fund.-VNA