Vietjet’s CEO Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao visited Ky Son mountainous district in the northern province of Hoa Binh last week and she handed warm clothes and other gifts to the poor herself, after singing them a song.
Thao, also owner of HD Bank, paid the visit January 29 with assistance from Viet Nam Volunteer Information Resource Center, as she brought 1,000 gifts including warm clothes, quilts, sugar and cooking oil to people from ethnic groups in the remote district.
She also had envelops of lucky money, which is a traditional gift for Vietnam’s Lunar New Year (Tet
), for old people and teddy bears for primary school children. She treated each recipient with a lot of care and offered a lot of encouragement.
Vietjet CEO Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao gives lucky Tet money to a woman in a poor remote area of Hoa Binh Province during a visit on January 29, 2016.
Thao has been considered one of the most powerful women in the global business world as she is one of a few owners of both a carrier, which is Vietjet, and a bank, HD Bank. But that does not make her a tough person. Yet, she is completely sweet and approachable.
During the latest visit, she even sang a Vietnamese song familiar with people in the region, which did not only leave a strong impression but also brought a lot of warmth to the region which was struggling with their worst winter in decades.
“We hope our love can help bring ethnic people in Ky Son a warm Tet
,” Thao said during the visit, around ten days before the festival peaks this year.
Vietjet CEO cheers up students in Hoa Binh Province, giving them teddy bears and warm clothes on January 29, 2016.
“Both the leaders and staff of Vietjet and HD Bank are committed to accompanying environment and charity activities to support ethnic communities.”
Dinh Van Hung, vice secretary of the district’s Party unit, said the gifts mean a lot to locals who usually have to deal with cold weather but are hardly able to afford warm clothes.
“We are also very glad hearing that the companies are committed to lifting people here out of poverty,” Hung said.