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Linh Nhan (left) and Cao Khoi. Photo: UK in Vietnam
Truong Thi Linh Nhan and her brother Truong Cao Khoi, two secondary students in Hanoi, recently gifted 20,000 medical masks to the UK government, using the “lucky money" that they have saved up for a few years.
Lucky money is a Vietnamese tradition which sees children given money in a red envelope for the Lunar New Year, as a symbol of good luck and hope.
The Embassy tweeted that the children had been saving their money up for a few years and had chosen to spend it on masks for medical staff.
Last week, these masks were sent to the UK successfully on the British Embassy's special commercial flight, the British Embassy Hanoi shared on its Facebook.
British Ambassador Gareth Ward on April 22 wrote a special thank-you letter to Linh Nhan and Cao Khoi to express his appreciation:
“On behalf of all staff at the British Embassy and people in my country, I would like to thank you for donating 20,000 medical masks to the UK’s efforts in tackling COVID-19. Last week, we arranged to send your gift to the UK successfully on our special commercial flight, which also helped more than 100 British nationals to return home.
Coronavirus is now a serious issue around the globe. And I am glad that you, who are at very young ages, care about the world and have contributed to the fight against this virus. I believe that your gift is really meaningful to frontline, nurses and healthcare workers in the UK, who are working around the clock to fight against this virus and save people’s live.
It is heartening to know about your story. Reading your letter made me feel hopeful about the future. If everyone plays a part in this fight, I believe that we can overcome this pandemic. “
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