The Loreto Vietnam-Australia Program (LVAP) handed over bicycles to 63 underprivileged children in Há»“ Chí Minh City's Nhà Bè District on Friday.
The children are residents of Phưá»›c Lá»™c and Long Thá»›i communes.
Speaking at the presentation ceremony held in Phưá»›c Lá»™c Commune, Nguyá»…n Thá»‹ Tuyết Nhung, Deputy Director of the city's Department of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs, said the gifts were of great significance for the children from hard-up families. The bikes will make it easier for kids who have had to walk to school until now, she said.
Nguyá»…n VÄƒn Tiến, Standing Vice Chairman of the People's Committee of Nhà Bè District, hoped that the gifts would motivate the children to study better.
LVAP manager Trish Franklin said the program has been helping Vietnamese children for more than 14 years, aiming at "˜lifting learners into the future.'
She said that LVAP, with support from sponsors in Vietnam and abroad, wanted to "give children and their parents something that gives them comfort and ease."
Speaking on behalf of the recipients, fifth grader Lê Thá»‹ Nhàn thanked LVAP and the sponsors, saying she would do her best at school, become a good citizen and contribute to the community.