South African consulate brings Tet air to children patients

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Do Thi Kim Lien, Honorary Consul of the Republic of South Africa in HCMC, gives lucky money to poor children in the northern province of Lai Chau. Photo supplied Do Thi Kim Lien, Honorary Consul of the Republic of South Africa in HCMC, gives lucky money to poor children in the northern province of Lai Chau. Photo supplied

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The South African Honorary Consulate on Thursday presented roughly 200 lucky money envelops worth VND40 million (US$1,900) to children patients in Ho Chi Minh City.
A performance from “balloon clowns” was also held to encourage the little patients, who are under treatment at the Children’s Hospital 2, the consulate said.
These activities wrapped up a series of charity programs named “Tet den moi nha” (Tet comes to every family), organized by the consulate and the VASS Assurance Corp.
Starting last month, the programs assisted hundreds of poor children, elders, and families across the country to welcome Tet, Vietnam’s biggest holiday.
Under the “Nha sach don Tet” (Clean house to welcome Tet) program, around 500 volunteers, who are HCMC-based students, raised fund by cleaning up business offices and homes for Tet celebrations.
Proceeds from the program, which started on Jan. 15 and ended on Feb. 8, were used to support the poor people.
Earlier, on Jan. 9, Do Thi Kim Lien, Honorary Consul of South Africa and representatives from VASS presented 100 gift packages (snacks, sweaters, and VND300,000 each) to the blind children and poor people in Thua Thien – Hue and Ninh Binh provinces.
They also donated 800 sweaters to poor children in Hua Bum and Nam Ban communes, where 75 percent of population is poor, in the northern border province of Lai Chau.
Honorary Consul Kim Lien said: “The condition of the people here is very difficult. Thus, we realized the more is needed to be done for them not only on Tet but throughout the year.”

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