Thanh Nien takes news vendors home for Tet

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News vendors in Da Nang city arrive to take the buses that Thanh Nien organized to take them home for Tet. Photos by Nguyen Tu

The Thanh Nien representative office in central Vietnam Saturday organized two buses for 70 news vendors in Da Nang to go home for the upcoming Lunar New Year.

It was for the second time after last year that the newspaper arranged transport for vendors who agreed to stay back in Da Nang to sell Thanh Nien’s year-end issue (on Saturday, the 25th on the lunar calendar).

Most of them hail from the north-central province of Thanh Hoa’s Quang Xuong District.

The first group of people from Quang Xuong had gone to Da Nang to sell newspapers 20 years ago, and then brought over their relatives and friends to do the same job, making it a large community of newspaper vendors in the city now.

Nguyen Van Ly, 30, of the district's Quang Loc Commune, said since leaving for Da Nang to sell newspapers in 1998, he has been obsessed about how he and five relatives would return home for Tet since good buses cost a lot and cheap ones traveled at high speed and posed a high risk of accidents.

“For two years Thanh Nien newspaper has organized buses to drive us news vendors home for Tet, so we do not need to endure cramming and bad meals during our trips home any longer,” he said.

Tran Kim Nam, 49, of Quang Thai Commune said since 2001 he has been spending around VND400,000 (US$18.8) or more for traveling to Thanh Hoa.

He only goes home to his family once a year during Tet, and the cost of the trip was not small for a news vendor like him, he said.

But thanks to Thanh Nien’s support, he now has money left to buy gifts for his wife and two kids, he said.

Thanh Nien also plans to give lì xì, or lucky money, of VND200,000 to each news vendor who returns to Da Nang to sell the first post-Tet issue on February 5.

Last February Thanh Nien’s central region representative office had organized three buses to carry 105 news vendors home for Tet.

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