Through the Vietnam Red Cross Society, individuals and organizations across the country have donated a total of VND13 billion (US$619,000) for the Japanese people affected by the recent earthquake and tsunami in North East Japan.
|People donating for Japanese victims at the HCMC Red Cross (Photo: SGGP)|
Ho Chi Minh City Red Cross said that in just one week they had collected over VND1 billion. Besides individuals, schools and organizations, Japanese companies and experts working in the city have also come forward to make contributions.
The association plans to organize a live television music program titled “Sharing pain” to raise further donations for the Japanese people.
Yesterday afternoon, the Fire Prevention and Combat Department in HCMC launched a four day campaign to raise funds for Japan. Within one afternoon they were able to collect about VND11 million.
On the same day, the Red Cross Association in the central province of Quang Nam began a collection drive for donations from civil servants and officials.
Leaders from the provincial People’s Committee and various departments have so far donated over VND500 million (US$24,000).
In related news, the Joint Stock Commercial Bank for Foreign Trade of Vietnam has sent their condolence to Akira Hiroshi Yamazaki, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan in Vietnam, for the enormous loss and suffering to the people of his country. Through the Japanese Embassy in Vietnam, the bank advocated VND2 billion (US$95,000) to victims of this catastrophic disaster.