09:52 | 14/07/2021 Events
Multiple deliveries of 535 cartons, 9,300 kilos, 58,850 fresh New Zealand apples, and 1,100 gold kiwi fruits arrived in eight Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) hospitals and healthcare centers, providing patients and medical staff with the necessary relief to tide over the latest wave of Covid-19 cases.
The donations have been made by Bostock Group, Freshmax Exports, Golden Bay Fruit, Scales Corporation, T&G Global, and Zespri International.
New Zealand Ambassador to Vietnam, H.E. Tredene Dobson, said the donation by six of New Zealand’s largest fresh produce exporters came from a real desire by New Zealand companies to show appreciation for the incredibly hard work that health care workers are doing right now and to provide a small amount of relief for patients.
“The New Zealand Embassy is pleased to show our support for Vietnam by assisting New Zealand exporters who, with current travel restrictions are not able to travel to Vietnam, but still want to contribute where they can by donating the highest quality fresh apples to the local communities they work with. These are very difficult times but through small gestures like this we can show the deep friendship between our two countries,” said Ambassador Dobson.
New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) Trade Commissioner and Consul-General to Vietnam, Joe Nelson, said, “It’s been an honour to partner with New Zealand companies for such an important cause – Vietnam is an important export destination for many of our companies but more than that, we have a strong personal relationship with a number of our Vietnamese partners and we want to do whatever we can to help.”
Victor Anderson, Country Manager of T&G Global in Vietnam, said, “We hope that our gesture can provide a small but meaningful and nutritious donation to the eight hospitals, its patients, and staff as they fight the current COVID wave.”
This joint donation drive effort by the New Zealand Embassy and NZTE was done in conjunction with the “Be Strong Vietnam Campaign” launched by Sống Foundation, which is supported by the belief that consensus and sharing are sustainable strengths for overcoming challenges ahead.
Eight hospitals and healthcare centers are Bình Chánh Hospital, Thủ Đức City Hospital, Củ Chi Hospital, The Hospital of HCMC University of Medicine and Pharmacy, The Health Center of Bình Thạnh District, The Health Center of Tân Bình District, Chợ Rẫy Hospital, and Nhiệt Đới Hospital.