The 17th Ky Nghi Hong (pink holiday) campaign in Ho Chi Minh City was launched on July 8 (Photo: VNA)

HCM City (VNA) – As many as 1,000 young people and workers gathered at the launching ceremony of the 17th Ky Nghi Hong (pink holiday) campaign in Ho Chi Minh City on July 8.

The annual campaign, to last until August 12, is expected to attract more than 50,000 youths and workers who will be assigned to 24 districts in HCM City, several provinces in the southern, central and Central Highlands regions and some localities of Laos.

Divided into nine teams, the volunteers will popolarise laws among the public, provide local farmers with knowledge about agriculture, forestry and fishery, improve water and power systems, repair and build facilities, provide health care and organise cultural and sport events, among others.

They will present 500 sets of gifts to social policy beneficiaries, heroic Vietnamese mothers, workers and families in difficult circumstances, as well as officers and soldiers working in border and island areas.

The volunteers are expected to mobilise the donation of at least 2,000 units of blood during the campaign.

In that spirit, a blood donation drive was held right after the launching ceremony of the campaign.-VNA