Concert raises US$195,000 for storm-affected victims

A charity music concert held December 25 at the Ho Chi Minh City Youth Culture House raised VND3.7 billion (US$195,000) for victims of recent natural disasters in the central region.

Deputy Editor in Chief of SGGP Pham Duc Hien (2nd, R) offers a golden plaque to the Trung Thuy Group during a charity music concert December 25. (Photo: SGGP)

The concert, titled “Vi Mien Trung Yeu Thuong” (For the beloved central region), was organized by Sai Gon Giai Phong Newspaper, Ho Chi Minh City Television, and the city Youth Culture House. It was broadcast live on HTV9 channel.

Vietnamese singers including Dam Vinh Hung, Tuan Hung, and Le Quyen performed at the concert with donations made by the Trung Thuy Group, Oxy Company, ACE life and others.

Speaking at the event, Deputy Editor in Chief of SGGP Pham Duc Hien said residents in the central region are affected by storms every year.

"In 2009, however, residents suffered more than normal after two typhoons, Ketsana and Mirinae, caused severe destruction and flooding", he said.

Many were killed, while homes and schools were devastated. Thousands of students have been forced to study at makeshift schools since the disasters struck, he added.

Relief teams have helped residents rebuild their lives and SGGP and its readers have organized more than 10 trips to transfer goods to storm-affected families, he said.

With donations from organizations and individuals nationwide, residents in the central region will gain the strength and courage to overcome difficulties and rebuild their lives, Mr. Hien added.

For the New Year, SGGP will also organize more trips to the central region to build schools and support students.

By D.Ha-Translated by T.Huong

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