HCMC – Through the “Food for Saigon during Social Distancing” program, the 2030 Businesspeople Club, a member of the Saigon Times Club, delivered 1,000 gift sets to disadvantaged people living around the Thu Duc farm produce wholesale market in Thu Duc City, HCMC, on August 29.
Thanks to the support from the competent forces, the relief was quickly distributed to the needy. The beneficiaries were asked to comply with anti-pandemic measures such as wearing face masks and keeping a safe physical distance from each other while receiving the gifts.
According to Bui Ngoc Anh Tam, chairwoman of the Fatherland Front Committee of Tam Binh Ward, the ward has five quarters and 50 sub-quarters with more than 3,800 rented rooms.
“The ward is home to many poor and near-poor families. There are many self-employed workers earning a living at the Thu Duc wholesale market. They face many difficulties. Thanks to the support from the 2030 Businesspeople Club, today we delivered 1,000 gift sets to workers at the market and people living around the market to support them during the fight against the pandemic,” she said.
The 2030 Businesspeople Club also handed over 450 sets of necessities to the poor in Di An City, Binh Duong Province, milk to 500 children undergoing Covid-19 treatment at the field hospitals in Thu Duc City and 2,000 gift sets to other needy people who sought support via the club’s Facebook fanpage.
Nguyen Nhu Quynh, a recipient in Quarter 5, Tam Binh Ward, Thu Duc City, said: “My husband and I lost our jobs two months ago. The Covid-19 pandemic has severely affected our lives. I’m very happy to be receiving the gifts from the 2030 Businesspeople Club.”
The event was part of the Saigon Times – Great Circle 2021 series, an initiative of the Saigon Times Group, aimed at supporting people affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Up to now, the 2030 Businesspeople Club has delivered more than 350 tons of food, including 75.5 tons of rice, 165.8 tons of vegetables, 14 tons of dragon fruit, more than 30,000 eggs, 2,682 ducks and 500 boxes of face masks to frontline forces engaged in Covid-19 infection prevention and control activities and people affected by the pandemic.
“During the “Food for Saigon during Social Distancing” program, we supported over 60,000 households severely affected by Covid-19. Besides, through the Vietnamese Fatherland Front in HCMC, we provided aid to (the poor people around) three major wholesale markets—the Binh Dien, Hoc Mon and Thu Duc farm produce wholesale markets,” said Nguyen Dinh Tu, vice chairman of the 2030 Businesspeople Club.
“We delivered 1,500 gift sets at the Binh Dien market, 1,050 gift sets at the Hoc Mon wholesale market and 1,000 sets at the Thu Duc market. We also distributed vegetables to needy households in HCMC.”