The information was heard at a year-end press briefing of the Steering Committee for the South Western Region in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho on February 5.
According to the president of the association Nguyen Phong Quang, who is also Deputy Head of the Steering Committee for the South Western Region, the fund is used to build houses, provide medical treatment and gifts to the needy ahead of the Tet festival.
On the same day, the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union of Quang Ngai central province and the PVI Limited Company offered 1,000 gift packages worth a total of VND600 million (US$27, 000) to local disadvantaged, children and social welfare beneficiaries in communes of Nghia Dong, Nghia Dung , Tinh Khe and Tinh An.
The Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap allocated VND13 billion (US$590,000) to offer gifts to people who made contributions to the country and needy households in the locality.
Alongside this, the Vietnam Agent Orange/dioxin Victims Association presented Tet gifts and provided a loan worth VND100 million (US$4,500) to local victims in order to help them generate an income.
On the same occasion, the northern province of Vinh Phuc mobilised nearly VND21.3 billion (US$968,000) to offer gifts to social welfare beneficiaries, armed force units, families of soldiers stationed in border areas and islands, religious dignitaries and ethnic elderly people.