A charity musical fundraiser was held by the Red Cross in Ho Chi Minh City on January 7, aiming to help the poor have a warm and happy Tet holiday.
The VND11.8 billion donated by individuals, organizations and businesses at the programme will be sent to poor people, Agent Orange victims, orphans and disabled people in 24 districts of Ho Chi Minh City and remote, mountainous areas across the country, as well as overseas Vietnamese people in Cambodia.
Anyone wishing to donate money for the poor can send a text message ATMX via 1480 at VND16,000 per sms.
The programme hopes to raise VND12 billion for the poor.
The city Red Cross said if it raises a lot more money than the set goal, it will be spent on building houses and providing free eye surgeries for the poor.
Nearly 100 houses have been built so far using money from the “Am tinh mua xuan” (Warm Spring) programme fund.
Earlier, the Red Cross presented Tet gifts to disadvantaged people in the central and Mekong Delta regions. Over the next few days, the organization will provide 1,500 gifts for poor children at Dam Sen Park.
The “Tet for the Poor and Agent Orange Victims” programme raised more than VND17.6 billion for charity in 2011.