HCMC students clean up streets to promote environmental protection

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Volunteers clean up the yard of Hiep Binh Center for the Disabled in Ho Chi Minh City on August 23, 2015. Photo courtesy of South African Consulate in HCMC Volunteers clean up the yard of Hiep Binh Center for the Disabled in Ho Chi Minh City on August 23, 2015. Photo courtesy of South African Consulate in HCMC

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More than 500 university students on Sunday joined in a series of activities in Ho Chi Minh City aiming at raising awareness of environmental protection.
Under “Green Sunday” program, organized by the South African Consulate, the students picked up trash in public places and some streets in the city.
The program’s launching ceremony was held at 6:30 a.m. at the HCMC Youth Cultural Center with the participation of Constance Bapela, Speaker of Council of the city of Johannesburg, Republic of South Africa and Do Thi Kim Lien, South African Honorary Consul in HCMC.
Constance Bapela (R), Speaker of Council  of the city of Johannesburg and Do Thi Kim Lien (L), South African Honorary Consul in Ho Chi Minh City, attend the Green Sunday program launching ceremony in HCMC on August 23, 2015. Photo credit: South African Consulate in HCMC
Speaking at the ceremony, Lien encouraged people to protect the environment by using recyclable bags instead of nylon ones, classifying household’s waste, and saving paper to cut down deforestation.
On this chance, the volunteers also visited and gave gifts to the children and the elderly at Hiep Binh Center for the Disabled, Tam Duc Orphanage, Huyen Trang Pagoda, Lam Quang Pagoda, and HCMC Children’s Hospital No.1.
Lien said the “Green Sunday” program will be held regularly on Sundays.

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