Poor students and workers receive free tickets to travel home for Tết
HCM CITY — The HCM City Communist Youth Union and its partners have launched a programme to offer free bus and flight tickets for poor students in HCM City to travel home for the Tết (Lunar New Year) holiday, from January 31 to February 10.
The programme, called Mang Tết Về Nha (Coming Home for Tết), is funded by the union, employers and organisations.
More than 3,000 return tickets, including 1,152 flight tickets, have been provided to outstanding students from colleges and universities around the city. Many of these students are from central provinces that were seriously affected by flooding and storms last year.
Several thousand gifts and 4,000 banh chưng (square glutinous rice cake), a Vietnamese cake cooked with glutinous rice, mung bean and pork used during Tết, have also been offered.
Trần Thị Kim Oanh and Lý Thanh Tam from Ha Tĩnh Province, who study at HCM City National University in Thủ Đuc District, were happy to receive bus tickets and New Year’s greetings from the programme’s organisers. They both began their trip home yesterday.
“I did not return home for Tết last year, so I’m very happy to participate in the programme Mang Tết Về Nha this year,” said Oanh, a fourth-year student in trade & marketing.
“Today, my peers and I go back to our hometown to celebrate Tết with our family and nothing is happier. I hope there will be more and more bus trips like this every year for poor students and workers to return home.”
Oanh and other students have been asked to wear face masks, wash hands with sanitiser and keep a safe distance during their trips.
Under the programme, the first two flights and 15 buses transported 500 students, starting last Sunday.
Labour unions at industrial parks and export processing zones in the city have also presented nearly 7,000 airline tickets and train tickets to migrant workers this Tết. More than 13,000 gifts worth VNĐ500,000 each have also been provided to poor labourers.
Nguyễn Hồ Hải, Deputy Secretary of the city’s Party Committee, has sent New Year’s greetings to workers and their families and wished them a happy Tết.
Hải said that he hoped the workers would return to the city after Tết and continue to work and contribute to the city’s development. — VNS
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