A pop singer has announced she received over VND100 billion after calling on people’s donations to support flood victims in the central region.
Singer Thuy Tien on a boat to visit flood victims. Photo from Facebook Thuy Tien.
Singer Thuy Tien provided the update on the donations on her Facebook page on October 22.
According to the singer, she spent VND2669705588 (USD116074) on food, medicine, and other necessities, and financial donations to flood victims. She also shared photos of the bank’s statement and all the bills for the goods she bought for donations.
Photo from Facebook Thuy Tien.
Thuy Tien returned to Ho Chi Minh City on October 20 after spending six days visiting and giving donations to people in the hardest-hit flooded areas in the provinces of Thua Thien-Hue, Quang Binh and Quang Tri.
The same day she also announced that she had received over VND105 billion (USD4.6 million) from donors to her charity project.
“I’m a bit worried when receiving too many donations to this project as I’m working on my own together with a small group of volunteers,” she shared on her account. “But I’m more than happy for the flood victims who are in desperate need of help after losing all to the floods.”
The singer also said that many people were worried about her too and advised her to co-operate with an organisation to better manage and use the donations but she wouldn’t do that.
“I want to directly give the donations to the people-in-need,” she said. “The donors trust me and want me to help give their support to the flood victims so I will try my best to do that. I cannot use their money to run an organisation which is costly and complicated.”
Thuy Tien and her husband, former captain of the national football team Le Cong Vinh were already known for their charity project to help set up water purifying machines for local people in 12 provinces of the Mekong Delta region to cope with drought and saline intrusion.
When the flooding occurred in the central region, she soon called on people to join with her to help local people. And after posting a status on her Facebook account on the morning of October 13 she booked a flight to Thua Thien-Hue in the afternoon and went to buy goods to give to local people.
During the week she live-streamed her visiting local people in Thua Thien-Hue, Quang Tri, Quang Ngai to distribute food, medicine and money amid rising floods. She also promised to support two local children with school fees until they finished university. The singer’s activities have received lots of praise and support from the public. She also reported on the large amount of money sent by donors to her bank account.
Thuy Tien visits a local woman whose house is flooded. Photo from Facebook Thuy Tien.
After a week in the flooded areas, Tien said that she had to return to Ho Chi Minh City for several days and would then revisit the central provinces as soon as possible to continue her project.
“Many other charity groups have arrived to support the people there so I feel a bit more relieved,” she said. “The flood water is receding and in the coming time I’ll work with local authorities in Hue, Quang Tri,Quang Binh, and Ha Tinh to give money for local people to settle their lives.”
President of the Vietnam Red Cross Nguyen Thi Xuan Thu said she was moved that singer Thuy Tien raised such a large amount of money to support flood victims.
“It was really moving seeing Thuy Tien call for financial support for the flood victims in the central region and that she directly visited and gave donations to local people,” she said. “However, she may face many difficulties and risks when distributing such a large amount of donations on her own. I hope that Thuy Tien will find the best way to support those in need.”
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