Over VND20 billion raised in public campaign for Hoang Sa and Truong Sa

Friday, 2014-08-08 11:16:32
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The organisers presented gifts to the Vietnam Coast Guard and Fisheries Surveillance force. (VietnamNet)
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Nhan Dan - A mobile text campaign to raise funds for residents, fishermen and armed forces in the waters of the Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagos has received over VND20 billion (over US$944,000) in donations after just two months.

Developed by the Ministry of Information and Communications and the Vietnam Red Cross (VRC), the campaign named 'Joint efforts for national sea and islands' aimed to call on public interest and support for local islanders, fishermen and armed forces on the waters of the Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagos, said VRC General Secretary Doan Van Thai at a ceremony to review the campaign in Hanoi on August 8.

The two-month long campaign saw a great response from people from all walks of life. with over one million text message donations being sent, Thai noted.

The General Secretary added that the VCR also received direct donations worth over VND1.6 billion from over 120 organisations and individuals across the country.

At the ceremony, the organisers presented the Vietnam Coast Guard and Fisheries Surveillance force 93 specialised cameras and 23 salt water filter devices worth nearly VND16 billion.