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Saigon Thang Long and SGT clean up beach in Binh Thuan

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HCMC – Saigon Thang Long Real Estate Investment JSC, in collaboration with The Saigon Times Group, organized a beach cleanup campaign on Ke Ga Islet in Ham Thuan Nam District, Binh Thuan Province on June 14.

This was part of the “Saigon Times – Great Circle – Together with Vietnam’s Tourism” program aiming to promote the country’s tourism, which is one of the sectors hit hardest by the Covid-19 pandemic, and also a meaningful activity of Saigon Thang Long’s team building program.

Despite the bad weather caused by the year’s first storm in the East Sea, the volunteers collected dozens of bagloads of garbage, which was mainly plastic waste. The garbage was then transported from the islet to a waste dump on the mainland.

Through the campaign, The Saigon Times Group and Saigon Thang Long wanted to promote environmental awareness among the community and encourage people to travel more, reduce plastic waste and keep the country’s attractions clean.

According to a security guard at the attraction, most garbage is carried onto Ke Ga Islet from the sea by waves. Some garbage is from visitors although there are several waste bins on the islet.

Nguyen The Loi, board chairman of Saigon Thang Long Real Estate Investment JSC, said the company organizes three to five team building programs, which integrate environmental protection activities, every year. Besides this, the company has also carried out many charitable programs such as building houses for the poor and providing relief for disadvantaged ethnic minority children in the Central Highlands and the northwestern region.

Nguyen Van Khac Diep, a fresh technician at Saigon Thang Long, said this was the first time he had joined with the company in such a meaningful event. “I’m so excited. Companies that I worked for before had never done events like this. I hope there will be more and more environmental awareness programs carried out to keep our country’s attractions clean and attractive to tourists,” he said.

The beach cleanup campaign on Ke Ga Islet was the first in a series of events that The Saigon Times Group collaborates with businesses, organizations and local authorities to organize through its “Saigon Times – Great Circle – Together with Vietnam’s Tourism” program.

Other environmental awareness and tourism stimulation programs, as well as a tourism photo contest, will be held in Phu Quoc, Phu Yen, Danang, Hue and Ha Giang until the end of August.

An employee of Saigon Thang Long and her son pose for a photo while waiting for the boat
Volunteers travel to the islet by boat
Nearly 30 volunteers from Saigon Thang Long and The Saigon Times Group join the program
Saigon Thang Long volunteers collect waste on Ke Ga Islet
Most of the garbage is plastic waste
Volunteers collect garbage stuck between rocks
Tran Thi Kim Thu, head of the management board of Nhat Lan 3 apartment building, collects waste from a water pit. Thu said serious environmental pollution has negatively affected many attractions in Vietnam and there should be more cleanup programs to save them
Garbage is carried to the mainland

By Minh Tuan

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