HCM CITY Living in Viet Nam s southernmost province of Ca Mau, a handicapped, seriously ill couple faces hardships as their two young sons remain unaware of the tragedy that has befallen them.
The wife has breast cancer and the husband blood disease. Helpless, the family struggles to live and take care of each other.
The couple and their sons will be featured today in the first programme of the TV series Khat Vong Song (Aspire to Live) on Ca Mau Television.
"When the team began to shoot, we gave VND10 million (US$540) to the family immediately. The additional money collected from audiences and sponsors will be announced during the next episode," said Le Duc Tien, general manager of Unit Advertising Joint-Stock Company.
"The TV series aims to help people in need to persevere and overcome misfortune and disaster," Tien said.
The reality TV show, Khat Vong Song, was created and produced by Unit Advertising in collaboration with Ca Mau, Binh Thuan, Dong Thap and Binh Duong television stations. It has been on the air since September last year.
The 20-minute show was designed to help unfortunate people in society and appeal to the public s humanitarian instincts. With support from the Viet Nam Steel Corporation, the programme has donated VND2 billion (US$110,000) to 52 needy families.
This year, the show collaborated with Ca Mau, Tien Giang and Binh Duong television stations, and received financial support of the Tan Phuoc Khanh Corrugated Iron Co and E-World Tam Hoan Chau Centre.