The new Indian envoy in Ho Chi Minh City, Dr Deepak Mittal, was among those who donated blood at an event organized by the Indian Business Chamber of Commerce and Red Cross on Sunday.
Speaking to Thanh Nien at the Ben Thanh Theater in District 1 where the event was held, he said: "I feel privileged that I'm able to be part of it, come here today and donate blood. I consider it as strengthening a strong bond of friendship between India and Vietnam through blood donation."
Mittal, who took charge as Indian Consul General on August 2, said that as a doctor he knew how important blood donation was, and that he had been a regular blood donor in India.
"We strongly believe in the strong, close relationship between us founded by our [first] Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and the great president and the great leader of Vietnam, President Ho Chi Minh.
"And we would like to continue to further strengthen this bond of love, affection and friendship between the two countries through such campaigns.
Radha Krishnan, member of the INCHAM board and event organizing committee, said: "INCHAM has organized this event to increase awareness of donating blood.
"By donating blood, you can give someone a chance to live again. We as the Indian community here are sitting in a senior position. So when we donate blood and set an example, we feel that many Vietnamese people will also come forward to [do so]."
More than 100 people donated blood and almost 40 were the first time donors.