Telethon raises $315 million for the poor

Domestic and international donors raised a total of VND6,3 trillion (US$315 million) on December 31. This money is to support the poor and disadvantage across the country, and the money was raised through the live telethon ‘Noi vong tay lon’, which means joining the Great Fold.

Domestic and international donors raised the amount of VND6,3 trillion to support the nation's poor, through the live telethon  Noi Vong Tay Lon (Joining the Great Fold). (Photo:VTV)

The charity program was held at two places: the Cultural Friendship Palace in Hanoi, and the HTV film studios in Ho Chi Minh City.

The annual New Year’s Eva show displayed a gemstone cup, donated and made by Hai Hoang Gia Gem Company Limited. The Lai Chau Mineral Joint Stock Company won the gemstone cup, for a cool VND5.450 billion ($2.3 million).

In addition, Civil Engineering Construction Corporation No.5 (Cienco 5) donated VND5 billion ($255,000); the Phu Cuong Group donated VND3 billion ($150,000); and the Construction Building Company 507 donated VND1 billion ($50,000).

President Nguyen Minh Triet, who attended the telethon, said the show left a positive impact on him, as it will bring happiness and help for the poor and disadvantage families.

He also appreciated the efforts made by the Viet Nam Fatherland Front (VFF) and the Viet Nam Television (VTV) in holding the event. Mr. Triet called on domestic and international benefactors to maintain their generosity, in order to help all needy people.

The show was aired simultaneously from Ha Noi and HCM City and drew the participation of high-ranking officials. These included Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Sinh Hung, National Assembly Deputy Chairperson Huynh Ngoc Son, Nguyen Duc Kien, VFF President Huynh Dam, and HCM City’s Party Committee Secretary Le Thanh Hai.

Over the past eight years, the campaign has raised trillions of dong for poverty reduction in Vietnam. In 2009 alone, the charity received about VND2.5 trillion (nearly $140 million), and helped build and repair 116,000 houses for needy people.

By H.Hiep, T.Ha- Translated by Thanh Huong

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