City awards outstanding citizens for charity program

Outstanding individuals and organizations who made great contributions in Sai Gon Giai Phong Newspaper’s annual charity program, “Spring to Border Areas,” received certificates of merit from the Central Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union Committee.

Mr. Vo Van Thuong (R), member of the Central Committee of the Vietnamese Communist Party and First Secretary of the Central Union, gives certificates of merit to outstanding people who made great contributions in SGGP Newspaper's annual charity program.
Individuals receiving awards for their outstanding work include journalist Pham Thuc of Sai Gon Giai Phong (SGGP), SGGP’s secretary of the Youth Union Truong Ngoc Truoc, HCMC TV’s secretary of Youth Union Ly Thu Hien, HCMC TV’s deputy secretary of the Youth Union Nguyen Minh Bao, HCMC Police newspaper’s secretary of Youth Union Nguyen Nam Thanh, deputy director of the Law Consulting Center of the Law University of HCMC Dang Tat Dung and the head of the Nursing Department at the HCMC Heart Institute, Duong Van Ba.

The awarded organizations were the youth unions of SGGP newspaper; Ho Chi Minh City TV; HCMC Police newspaper; Muc Tim–Khan Quang Do teen magazines; HCMC Heart Institute; and the Law Consulting Center of the Law University of HCMC.

Started in 2003, the charity program has so far provided free medical check-ups and treatment to nearly 3,000 disadvantaged people, presented more than 10,000 Tet gifts and organized over 150 visits to soldiers in frontier posts in the Central Highland provinces of Gia Lai, Dak Lak and Kon Tum, and southern most province of Ca Mau, with a total aid of VND9 billion (US$500,000), said Mr. Nguyen Tan Phong, deputy editor-in-chief of SGGP.

The organizers also visited and presented Tet gifts to overseas Vietnamese in the neighboring country of Laos in 2006.

The award ceremony was held at Sai Gon Giai Phong newspaper’s office on August 16 and attended by Vo Van Thuong, member of the Central Committee of the Vietnamese Communist Party and First Secretary of  the Central Union.

By SGGP Staff Writers – Translated by Kim Khanh

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