Tuesday, September 15, 2009

VND 1.2 Billion for Agent Orange Victims


VND 1.2 Billion for Agent Orange Victims

A total of VND 1.234 billion has been mobilised, together with medicine and other supplies donated by philanthropists, social organisations, and businesses inside and outside the country, for Agent Orange victims in Vietnam.
This was announced at a ceremony held on November 30 to mark the first anniversary of the Vietnam News Agency (VNA)’s fund for Agent Orange victims.
The amount was contributed by hundreds of agencies, organisations and individuals. VNA officials, reporters and editors alone contributed VND 312 million to the fund.
The VNA’s fund to support AO victims, entitled 'For Easing the pain of Agent Orange Victims, has reached out to more than 1,000 families of Agent Orange victims across the country.
Also on this occasion, the fund received the Greek Government’s EUR 20,000 donation, handed over to Tran Mai Huong, VNA vice general director and head of the fund’s management board, by Greek Ambassador to Vietnam Platon Alexis Hadjimichalis.
The fund operators on this occasion also received EUR 10,000 from the Greek Embassy in Vietnam, which will be for the Da Nang city’s Association of Agent Orange Victims (EUR 5,000) and the Vietnamese Disabled Association (EUR 5,000).
The overseas Vietnamese community in Greece sent VND 18 million and Australia’s Rotary International also donated 20 wheel-chairs.


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