Gala ceremony marks second phase of SGGP charity programme

A gala ceremony to kick off the second phase of the Sai Gon Giai Phong charity programme ‘Nghia Tinh Truong Son’ (Sentimental Attachment for Truong Son Road), was held at the Ho Chi Minh City Opera House on February 24.

Tong Thi Phong (L), Vice Chairwoman of the National Assembly offers flowers to Tran The Tuyen, Editor-in-Chief of SGGP (Photo:SGGP)

Tong Thi Phong, Vice Chairwoman of the National Assembly; Nguyen Thien Nhan, Deputy Prime Minister; Le Thanh Hai, Secretary of HCMC Party Committee; Nguyen Thanh Cung, Deputy Minister of National Defence; Nguyen Thi Thu Ha, Deputy Secretary of HCMC Party Committee; Lieutenant General Tran Hoa, Commander of the Border Guard; Hua Ngoc Thuan, Deputy Chairman of the HCMC People’s Committee, and leaders of party and local committees and war veterans attended the event.

The event was jointly organised by SGGP Newspaper and Vietnam Joint Stock Commercial Bank for Industry and Trade (Vietinbank), to acknowledge the sacrifices of armed forces during wartime for the sake of national defence and security.

Tran The Tuyen, Editor-in-Chief of SGGP reviewed the results of the first phase of the charity programme and also introduced tasks set for the second phrase.

The SGGP Chief said that the programme had set a target to build 800 charity houses, worth VND45 million each; three houses of worship and temples of martyrs; five clinics in Dak Lak, Quang Nam and Quang Tri Provinces, and in Xavanakhet in Laos and Rattana Kiri in Cambodia; and offer 2,500 scholarships.

SGGP will coordinate with HCMC Television to make a documentary film titled ‘Return to the Legendary Truong Son Road’, to be aired on HTV9 channel in May 2012.

On behalf of HCMC Party Committee and city authorities, Nguyen Thi Thu Ha expressed his appreciation to all reporters and staff of SGGP for implementing such a meaningful programme.

SGGP must continue to implement the second phase of the programme with as much zeal, Ha added.

Nguyen Thien Nhan, Deputy Prime Minister (Ext. R) and Nguyen Tan Phong, Deputy Editor-in-Chief of SGGP (2nd, R) welcomed donors with bouquets of flowers (Photo:SGGP)

So far, a total of VND68.77 billion has been donated by many companies towards the charity programme.

Accordingly, VietinBank donated VND52 billion; LienVietPostBank donated VND3 billion; EximBank donated VND2 billion; Vietnam Rubber Group VND1 billion; High Command of Military Zone 7 VND50 million; HCMC Military Command VND20 million; Vietnamese Buddhist Association VND10 billion; Thien Hung Pagoda in Binh Dinh Province VND450 million; D.I.C MTV Company donated two diamond watches worth VND250 million.

Sai Gon Giai Phong Newspaper’s charity programme titled ‘Sentimental Attachment for Truong Son Road’, aims to build social houses and provide various means to improve the living conditions of people living along this historical route.

This programme helps war heroes, war invalids, martyrs’ families, youth volunteers and the poor ethnic people that live along the provinces of Truong Son road. During the resistance war against US invaders, the provinces along Truong Son (or Ho Chi Minh Trail) suffered heavy human losses.

The programme has been highly appreciated for its deep social and political meaning, because it helps ethnic groups in remote areas to overcome their difficulties and provide opportunities to improve their living conditions.

By A.Chan,M.Huong – Translated by T.Huong

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