Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan attends charity gala

A charity gala was held in Hanoi on Sunday by Vietnam Television (VTV) and military-run telecommunications group Viettel to mark Action Month for Children. The event was part of the VTV's Operation Healthy Heart program, now in its ninth year.

National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan spoke highly of the program, saying that it has given a bright future to poor children with congenital heart diseases. Chairwoman Ngan applauded donations from domestic and foreign sponsors who have funded about 5.5 million USD for heart surgeries for 3,500 disadvantaged children over the past nine years. On the occasion, the Operation Healthy Heart program and the Vietnam Red Cross Society launched a texting campaign until July 13 to call for assistance for the children. People can send their support by texting TTCE to 1409, with each message donating of 80 US cents. Nearly 1 million USD was raised at Sunday's charity gala to support disadvantaged children with heart diseases.

Source: VOV5