Vietnamese in Malaysia, UK busy raising fund for flood victims in central region hinh anh 1Vietnamese people living in Malaysia's Johor present cash and necessities to flood-hit people in central Vietnam. (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) –
Vietnamese Embassies in Malaysia and the United Kingdom and local Vietnamese societies there have been busy over the last several days raising funds for flood-stricken people in the central region.

As of October 27, Vietnamese people and associations in Malaysia had raised a total of 600 million VND (25,870 USD) in donations which will be sent to Vietnam to help affected people, particularly poor households, to recover from the natural disaster.

Vu Duc Minh, Second Secretary for community affairs at the Embassy of Vietnam, said Vietnamese expats in Malaysia have regularly organised charity events to help those in need in their homeland. Since the embassy called for donations, not only staff of Vietnamese missions but also Vietnamese associations have actively joined the fund-raising campaign, he added.

Despite the resurgence of COVID-19 in Malaysia causing many challenges to Vietnamese expats, they wanted to share burdens with their flood-hit fellows in the central provinces, according to vice chairman of the Vietnam-Malaysia Business Association (VMBIZ) Nguyen Thi Thanh Van. It is like an “order from the heart,” she said.

In the UK, the Embassy of Vietnam has coordinated with the representative office of national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines and the association of Vietnamese golf players in the European nation to host a charity golf tournament to call for donations for the flood survivors.

A painting donated by the embassy has also been auctioned to raise funds for the victims.

A total of 9,000 GBP (11,650 USD) has been mobilised from the events.

Prior to that, the Vietnamese Embassy in the UK on October 23 launched an appeal to call for donations for the flood victims with more than 5,000 GBP donated./.