Scene at the press conference on the Red Cross camp (Photo: baonhandao.vn)

Hanoi (VNA) - The fifth nationwide Red Cross camp, which runs every five years, will gather 511 members and volunteers during its three-day course starting August 2 in the Mekong Delta province of Can Tho.

The camp will also see the participation of visiting delegations from the national Red Cross and Red Crescent societies of China, Japan, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, and Malaysia. 

Themed “Red Cross Members and Youths: Act for Community”, the event will be organised by the Vietnam Red Cross Society (VNRC) in collaboration with the Vietnam Youth Union and the Ministry of Education and Training.

It will feature communal activities and a skills competition in first aid, public communications, and folk dancing. Seminars on voluntary activities in climate change response and clean water provision will also take place as part of the event. 

The camp aims to honour the outstanding volunteers, many of whom are young, who are working in humanitarian fields nationwide, and to strengthen community awareness of humanitarian values and the contribution of Red Cross members and volunteers, said the VNRC Vice President Tran Thi Hong An at a press conference on July 25.

As such, the camp will see 180 VNRC members and volunteers honoured for their contributions to humanitarian activities.

The VNRC will introduce a national network called Red Volunteer at the event.

The initial 50 Red Volunteer members will be trained in first aid and humanitarian support skills during disaster and emergency situations. Working as a quick response team, they will join in first aid and rescue teams during emergencies.

The VNRC on July 24 released an emergency appeal nationwide to help storm and flood victims in the north and north-central provinces during the past two months.

As of June 2018, the country had 36,224 Red Cross volunteers, the majority of whom are from Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, Binh Dinh, and Phu Yen.–VNA