|The “Border spring-Island Tet 2019” programme was launched at the Cam Ranh military port in the south central coastal province of Khanh Hoa on January 3
The launching event was co-held by Brigade 146 of Naval Zone 4 and the Youth Club for Homeland Sea and Islands.
The ceremony drew the participation of nearly 200 soldiers who are about to leave for the Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago.
According to a report of Brigade 146, alongside gifts prepared by the Ministry of National Defence and Naval Zone 4, the Fund for Truong Sa-Hoang Sa donated VND700 million (about US$30,000), and the Youth Club for Homeland Sea and Islands raised VND150 million.
The money was used to buy necessities for officers and soldiers who are safeguarding the country’s islands.
Vice head of the Youth Club for Homeland Sea and Islands Ho Liem said that this is the fourth year that the club has joined the event to support Truong Sa soldiers and people. In addition to gifts, the club will send 20,000 letters and New Year cards of people across the country to the soldiers, he noted.
Thousands of gifts and hundreds of tonnes of essential goods have been prepared for soldiers and people in the Truong Sa archipelago and other islands on the occasion of the upcoming Tet (Lunar New Year) festival.
The central province of Khanh Hoa as well as many organisations and individuals contributed gifts, essential goods, rice, and confectionery to ensure that the soldiers and people on the islands do not miss out on enjoying the year’s biggest traditional festival.