4,000 people take part in annual charity walk for poor residents in HCM city

More than 4,000 athletes, leaders, employees in enterprises and staffs in state organizations in the district on November 21 attended a 3.2 kilometer walk to collect over VND8.6 billion for taking care of needy people in Tet holiday (the Lunar New Year) which is nearly coming.

Leaders and staffs of state organizations attend the event. Photo: SGGP

Over VND8.6 billion (USD 370,351) was collected in a charity walk in Phu Nhuan District in Ho Chi Minh City for poor residents in  the special holiday, reported SGGP.

The is 18th event to raise fund for the poor in the district. Head of the municipal Party Committee's Organization Board Nguyen Ho Hai; Chairwoman of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF)'s Ho Chi Minh City chapter To Thi Bich Chau and leaders of the district participated in the event which is annually organized to take care of penniless city dwellers in the district.

With the tradition of “whole leaves wrap torn ones” of Vietnamese people, the event was designed to encourage every people to take care of and share the burdens suffered by low-income families, help them to rise up.

Charitable walk attendees went through several streets with the length of 3.2 kilometers.

At the opening ceremony of the event, the organizer received over VND 8.6 billion donated by enterprises, unions, religion organizations in 15 wards in the district.

Through 18 years, the event organizer has received a sum of over VND 89 billion for building and repairing dilapidated houses of poor people as well as giving scholarships to children of low-income families and purchasing health insurance cards for poverty-stricken and near-poor households.

Tu Anh