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UNICEF, partners mount video challenge to encourage green action in Vietnam

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UNICEF and partners on Tuesday launched a social media campaign named ‘1-minute green video challenge’ to call on children, adolescents and young people in Vietnam to turn a ‘green thought’ into a ‘green action’ for the country.

The video challenge will take place through to November 18, aimed at engaging children and young people aged 8-18, increasing their awareness, and supporting them to raise their voice, develop innovative solutions, and take action on issues related to the environment and climate change.

The ‘1-minute green video challenge’ is endorsed by singer Ali Hoang Duong, winner of The Voice 2017 and coach for The Voice Kids 2019.

A number of UNICEF partners are involved in the video challange, including the Vietnam Disasters Management Authority of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and Vietnam Association for Education for All (VAEFA).

The video challenge is part of the activities to celebrate the World Children’s Day in Vietnam, centered around reimagining a greener and cleaner Vietnam for every child.

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Source: https://tuoitrenews.vn/news/ttnewsstyle/20201022/unicef-partners-mount-video-challenge-to-encourage-green-action-in-vietnam/57383.html

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Menas Mall to hold blood donation program in July

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The Menas Saigon Airport shopping mall – PHOTO: MENAS SAIGON AIRPORT

HCMC – The Menas Saigon Airport shopping mall in Tan Binh District, HCMC, will organize a blood donation program next month.

HCMC is facing a shortage of blood supply, which has become more serious during the Covid-19 pandemic. The local authorities have banned large gatherings to curb the spread of the pandemic, forcing many organizers to cancel or postpone their blood donation programs.

To help address the blood shortage, especially in this critical situation, Menas Saigon Airport has called on its employees and others to donate blood, which can help them improve their immune system and also save lives.

The event will begin at 8 a.m. on July 1 at the Menas Saigon Airport building, No. 60A Truong Son Street, Ward 2, Tan Binh District, HCMC.

The donors and organizers will have to strictly comply with Covid-19 infection prevention and control measures during the event.

For registration, visit https://bit.ly/3xoPciX or call 0833.588989.

Source: https://english.thesaigontimes.vn/82620/menas-mall-to-hold-blood-donation-program-in-july.html

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Saigon Times-Great Circle program presents gifts to medical workers in District 5

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Vo Hong Van (R, 2nd), a representative of the Saigon Times Group, and Nguyen Quoc Viet (L, 2nd), deputy director of the District 5 Medical Center, pose for a photo with medical workers of the center – PHOTOS: LE VU

HCMC – As part of the “Saigon Times – Great Circle – Join hands to fight the Covid-19 pandemic” program, the Saigon Times Group on June 17 coordinated with the Tan Hiep Phat Group’s Dr Thanh tea brand and Acecook Vietnam JSC to present 200 gift sets to medical workers of the District 5 Medical Center in HCMC.

The gift sets, including 100 boxes of instant noodles of Acecook Vietnam and 100 boxes of Dr Thanh cooling tea, were expected to lend a helping hand to frontline medical workers in the Covid-19 combat.

Employees of the Saigon Times Group load gift sets onto a truck

Nguyen Quoc Viet, deputy director of the District 5 Medical Center, said like other agencies, the center was prepared to fight the pandemic. The capacity of a centralized quarantine center had been increased to 200 beds.

The “Saigon Times – Great Circle – Join hands to fight the Covid-19 pandemic” is a meaningful and prompt program to encourage frontline medical workers to bring the pandemic under control, Viet added.

The current fourth Covid-19 wave has shown no signs of abating in HCMC and the country as a whole. The Saigon Times Group is calling on enterprises, entrepreneurs and benefactors to contribute to the Covid-19 fight so as to early bring life to back to normal.

A medical worker of the District 5 Medical Center is at work

On June 15, the Saigon Times Group joined hands with the An Cuong Wood Working Joint Stock Company, the Saigon Thang Long Group and the Thang Loi Group to donate eight tons of rice and other gifts to residents of the Ehome 3 apartment building compound under lockdown in Binh Tan District.

In the coming period, essential commodities will be presented to medical workers in other districts in the city.

Following the success of the “Saigon Times-Great Circle” program in 2020, the Saigon Times Group continued the program this year with the theme “Join hands to fight the Covid-19 pandemic” to support people affected by the pandemic.

The program will receive donations from organizations and individuals and then distribute them to the needy in HCMC and other provinces.

Donations for the program can be sent to:

Tap chi Kinh te Sai Gon

Bank account number: 1007 1485 1003318

Vietnam Export Import Commercial Joint Stock Bank (Eximbank) – Hoa Binh Branch – HCMC

Transaction content: Name – UnghoSaigon Times – NVTL – Donghanhchongdich

Valued enterprises and readers who want to donate gift sets can contact Huynh Huong at 0913118711 or Huy Han at 0902696617.

 

Source: https://english.thesaigontimes.vn/82622/saigon-times-great-circle-program-presents-gifts-to-medical-workers-in-district-5.html

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Quarantine-bound teacher turns isolation center’s walls into eye-catching murals in Vietnam

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Confined to a quarantine center after coming into direct contact with a COVID-19 patient, an art teacher has spent his time giving a facelift to the walls of the facility in the north-central Vietnamese province of Ha Tinh.

The photos of Le Duy Loi, an art teacher at Nguyen Tuan Thien Middle School in Ha Tinh’s Huong Son District, painting the walls of Son Trung Kindergarten in the same district went viral on social media platforms recently.

Loi has been placed in centralized monitoring at Son Trung Kindergarten, which has been requisitioned for quarantine purposes, since June 12 as a direct contact of a virus infection case.

The intuition of an art teacher, coupled with a lot of time to spare at the quarantine center, prompted Loi to create beautiful murals on the walls, of which the previous paint layer had mostly worn off.

After receiving the approval of local authorities, the teacher asked his family members to supply him with drawing tools and paint.

He painted whenever he was not busy with other quarantine duties.

Many other people being quarantined at the kindergarten also lent him a helping hand.

A wall is turned into a mural thanks to Le Duy Loi. Photo: Binh An / Tuoi Tre

A wall is turned into a mural thanks to Le Duy Loi. Photo: Binh An / Tuoi Tre

Loi’s murals depict lovely, cheerful, and encouraging activities for children.

“It’s also a way for everyone to relax and create a sense of comfort to forget the concerns over the ongoing pandemic,” Loi said.

Nguyen Truong Giang, head of the Huong Khe District Bureau of Education and Training, hailed Loi’s initiative, which did not only give a facelift to Son Trung Kindergarten but also helped quarantined people reduce stress.

Ha Tinh has recorded 73 local COVID-19 cases as of Friday afternoon since the fourth wave erupted in Vietnam on April 27.

Nationwide, 9,114 local infections have been detected in 40 out of the country’s 63 provinces and cities ever since.

The overall caseload has reached 12,424 infections, with 4,653 recoveries and 62 deaths, according to the Ministry of Health.

Tay Ninh Province reported one virus-related death on Thursday but the health ministry has yet to count it in the tally.

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Source: https://tuoitrenews.vn/news/ttnewsstyle/20210618/quarantinebound-teacher-turns-isolation-centers-walls-into-eyecatching-murals-in-vietnam/61595.html

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