|‘Tet of Kindness’ spreads Vietnamese humanitarian tradition (Photo: VNA)
Launched in 2023, the “Tet of Kindness” movement continued the "Tet for the poor and victims of Agent Orange" movement launched by the Vietnam Red Cross Society in 1999.
Supporting disadvantaged, vulnerable people
President of the Vietnam Red Cross Society Bui Thi Hoa said that 2024 is the second year the “Tet of Kindness” movement has been organized, aiming to mobilize 1.2 million gifts and 30 million USD to be distributed nationwide.
The Vietnam Red Cross Central Committee will organize pilot activities in 18 provinces and cities.
|President of the Vietnam Red Cross Society Bui Thi Hoa (Photo: daidoanket.vn)
Ms Hoa said: "The beneficiaries are disadvantaged and vulnerable people. We hope the movement will inspire the public to lend their hearts, emotions, and capacity to supporting those in need in the community."
Hoa urged localities and organizations to launch programs of kindness to help people in need, enable them to participate in cultural and sports activities, and provide medical examinations and treatment.
"We plan to organize Tet activities for the poorest, the most disadvantaged, and those who most need help. This year we’ll focus on disadvantaged people in very poor areas. We urge villages, hamlets, and residential groups to organize even more activities to help needy people,' said Hoa.
Strong support from community
Last year, the Vietnam Red Cross Society mobilized 47 million USD and 2 million gifts, surpassing the targets of 26 million USD and 1 million gifts. Hoa said the program received strong support from the community.
Hoa said: "The community's contribution is very important to realizing the humanitarian goals of the Vietnam Red Cross. We mobilize volunteer Youth Union members to provide haircuts for the poor, doctors and nurses to provide medical advice and medicine, and the Women's Union to create an Ao Dai Space and 10 booths to wrap sticky rice cakes for disadvantaged people. We want to engage everyone in the program."
The Vietnam Red Cross chief says the smiles of recipients of Tet gifts creates a bond between the Party, the people, and the community, which she calls a vivid manifestation of the Vietnamese tradition of humanity.