The Ho Chi Minh City Buddhist Sangha held a ceremony on September 13 to present 10 ambulances, worth more than VND10 billion, to hospitals in the city and the Mekong province of Ben Tre, to help with the transportation and treatment of patients.
The ambulances were donated by the Tuong Nguyen Pagoda Charity Association and philanthropists.
At the ceremony, Venerable Thich Thien Quy, Deputy Head and Chief Secretary of the Executive Council of the HCM City Buddhist Sangha, announced the instruction of Most Venerable Thich Tri Quang, Deputy Patriarch of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha and Chairman of the Executive Council of the HCM City Buddhist Sanga in encouraging Buddhist sanghas at all levels, monks, nuns, and Buddhist followers to contribute to the fight against COVID-19 through donating to the vaccine fund; making millions of meals for workers on the frontline and helping those in need.
On behalf of the city's leaders, To Thi Bich Chau, Chairwoman of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Committee of Ho Chi Minh City, offered thanks to the city's Buddhist Sangha for its timely and meaningful support for the COVID-19 prevention and control work.
Earlier on August 25, the Tuong Nguyen Pagoda Charity Association also presented eight ambulances to hospitals in the city. The association has provided 1.5 million meals over 40,000 gifts of rice and essential goods, along with many medical equipment and supplies with total costs of over VND132 billion (nearly US$5.8 million).