The Ho Chi Minh City Student Assistance Centre joined hands with the local chapter of Vietnam Fatherland Front, to grant free bus tickets to those disadvantaged students wishing to return home to celebrate Tet with their families in the central or northern regions of
A ceremony for distributing the free tickets was held at the Youth Cultural House on January 14, attended by Nguyen Van Dua, HCMC Party Vice-Secretary and Duong Quang Ha, Chairman of the City Fatherland Front Committee.
|Passengers board buses at the Mien Dong Bus Station for trip to homeland(Photo: SGGP)|
The centre has so far chosen around 2,750 disadvantaged students to receive free bus tickets, of total value of VND 1 billion.
The disadvantaged students are sons and daughters of victims who suffered in the recent floods and cyclones. Some ethnic minority students also received free bus tickets.
For those who will stay on in the city, the centre plans to find part-time jobs and organize festive activities during Tet Lunar New Year.
The City's Youth Union will give 600 discount bus tickets to students.
The Youth Unions, Student Associations, and management boards of many schools will also hold various activities and events aimed at bringing a warm and festive atmosphere during Tet for the poor students.
Duong Quang Ha, head of the fund raising division, said that they had mobilized agencies, enterprises, ethnic and religious groups as well as the general public to donate money towards the fund under the theme, “Do not let any poor household miss out on Tet".