Vietnamese expats support flood victims in central region
(VNF) - Vietnamese expatriates in Laos, Germany, the Republic of Korea and the Czech Republic have donated money to aid people in the central region, which has recently borne the brunt of severe flooding.
In the series of fundraising activities to support flood victims in the Central region, Buddhist monks at the Phat Tich pagoda in Vientiane, Laos, initiated a humanitarian campaign for flood victims in central Vietnam on October 20th. As of October 22nd, more than LKP 80 million (USD 10,000) and a large amount of clothes were collected.
Vietnamese expats in the Czech Republic and singer Gabriela Gunčíková donated money for flood-hit people in Vietnam’s Central region. (Photo: VNA)
On the evening of October 22nd, 16 Vietnamese artists in the Czech Republic organized a concert and auction in Prague to raise funds for Quang Binh and Ha Tinh provinces, attracting over 200 people.
Funding collected before and after the night amounted to more than CZK 600,000 (USD 24,150).
Earlier, the association of Nghe Tinh fellow-countrymen in the Czech Republic also launched a fund-raising campaign for flood-hit victims. More than CZK 400,000 (USD 16,100) had been raised as of October 22rd.
On October 25th, an art program themed “For beloved Central region” was held at Dong Xuan Trade Centre in Berlin, Germany.
The program was performed by singers of the overseas Vietnamese community, including famous singers such as Huong Mo and Vo Thuy Tien. They all voluntarily performed to contribute to supporting people in the Central region.
Singer Huong Mo performed at the program in Berlin. (Photo: VNA)
Speaking at the program, Mr. Nguyen Van Hien, Head of the organizing board of the fundraising campaign to support the flood victims in the Central region, emphasized that the program is one of various forms to raise funds to support the people in the Central region all over Germany.
Vietnamese Ambassador to Germany Doan Xuan Hung also expressed his gratitude when witnessing donation movements toward the Central region around the world, including organizations, associations, enterprises, Vietnamese inpiduals and international friends all over Germany.
He also hoped that fundraising all over Germany will be continued in the coming days to contribute to sharing the difficulties of the people in the Central region.
At the program, a German person donated a rare wristwatch for auction to raise funds to support the people in the Central region.
The Vietnamese Business Association in Germany also brought the bilingual German-Vietnamese Tale of Kieu, which was translated into German by late German poets Irene and Franz Faber, to the program to sell to raise funds.
So far, the organizing board of the campaign collected about EUR 100,000 (USD 109,300) to support the people in the Central region, including EUR 11,000 (USD 12,000) from the art program.
Vietnamese students at the Seoul National University of Science and Technology (Seoultech) on October 23rd organized a friendly football tournament “Seoultech International Cup” in Seoul, capital of the Republic of Korea (RoK) with a charitable fundraising program was held during the tournament.
Football teams at the tournament. (Photo: pnvnnuocngoai.vn)
The tournament attracted Vietnamese students, workers and international students in RoK. They were pided into four teams of SKVN, Sejong, Seoultech international students and FC Seoul, including Vietnamese workers in RoK, and the first prize was given to FC Seoul.
The total amount raised after the tournament was KRW 230,600 (USD 203), which is donated to the “donation program to support the people in the Central region” launched by the Vietnamese Student Association in RoK (VSAK) from October 18th to November 5th. The amount will be directly presented to the people of the Central region by representatives of VSAK.
Through the event, the organizers and the participants wanted to pass on a message: “Although overseas Vietnamese study and work far from the homeland, their hearts are always toward the homeland, and always eager to contribute to the country and to people in difficult circumstances by making the most practical, timely deeds”./.
( Compiled by VNF )