Awardees including 8 organizations and 10 individuals nationwide received the 2014 National Volunteer Awards for their outstanding contributions to the country.
The award which was launched by the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union and the United Nations Volunteer Program aims to promote young people's creative abilities; encourage them to study and develop science and technology sector; play key role in social security activities, as well as contributing to the national construction and defense.
The organization board also presented certificates of merit to 20 clubs and volunteer groups; 30 gifts worth VND 150 million (US$6,500) to 30 poor ethnic minority students from the northern mountainous provinces of Dien Bien, Lai Chau, Son La, Ha Giang, Lao Cai and Cao Bang.
On this occasion, the National Volunteer Day 2018 has been launched in response to International Volunteer Day (December 5) with the participation of 2,000 domestic and foreign volunteers.
The event aims to honor outstanding contribution of domestic and foreign voluntary organizations and individuals to the socio-economic development in the country.
International Volunteer Day (IVD) on December 5 was designated by the United Nations in 1985 as an international observance day to celebrate the power and potential of volunteerism. This year’s campaign is themed "Volunteers build resilient communities",.