(VOV) - The Vietnam Red Cross Society (VRCS) held a ceremony in Hanoi on November 20 to celebrate its 50th anniversary and receive the Ho Chi Minh Order.
Chairman of the National Assembly Nguyen Sinh Hung, former State President Tran Duc Luong, and Vice President of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Mohammed Ghanim A. Al MaadHeed were present at the ceremony.
In his speech, VRCS Chairman Tran Ngoc Tang said in the 65 years since it was stablished in 1946, the VRSC has remarkably improved its management and now has nearly 20,000 cadres and 300,000 volunteers trained in first aid, handling emergencies, humanitarian aid, healthcare services, as well as organizing blood donations, search and rescue and responding to natural disasters.
The society has also sponsored and supported people in other nations that were struck by natural disasters. It has so far raised VND6,000 billion in the 2007-2012 period, double the amount of the previous period, and that figure expected to reach VND 2,500 billion by the end this year, alone.
NA Chairman Hung thanked the IFRC and other countries for helping Vietnam over the past years while highlighting the VRCS’s strong recent development.
The VRCS has become a key professional humanitarian organization, contributing to stabilizing people’s lives and raising the community spirit of mutual affection, Mr Hung said.
He underlined the need to realize Party and State policies to help the society operate more effectively and fulfill all its assigned tasks.
On the occasion, the VRCS also presented Certificates of Merit honouring 65 outstanding collectives and individuals that have made significant contributions to its work.