Sài Gòn Co.op provides free transportation for 900 residents to return to their hometown for Tết.

On the early morning of February 5th, 2024, Saigon Co.op - the Ho Chi Minh City Cooperative Alliance (Saigon Co.op) organized the Departure of Happiness trip, bringing 900 residents back to their hometowns to celebrate Tet.


A convoy of 20 new 45-seat cars departed from two directions: Ho Chi Minh City (departure point: Co.opmart To Ky – Trung My Tay Ward, District 12) to provinces in the Mekong Delta, Southeast, Central, and Central Highlands regions; and from the capital city of Hanoi (departure point: Co.opmart Hanoi – Ha Dong district) to provinces in the North and Northwest.

A joyful trip departing from Hanoi to the northern and northwest provinces

Saigon Co.op leaders give gifts to passengers before departure

This year, the program is accompanied by Unilever Vietnam, Coca Cola Vietnam, P&G Vietnam, and Mayhome. Passengers have their transportation, meals, and drinks fully covered throughout the journey. They also receive Tet gift baskets and road tolls at a total value of more than 1,000,000 VND/meal. Especially, when the convoy passes through each location where there is a Co.opmart store, Co.opmart staff will provide water and meals for passengers to continue their journey home for Tet.

Among the 900 passengers of the Joyful Trip, the majority are workers in industrial and export processing zones in the city, university and college students, self-employed workers, job seekers, etc. More than 40% of passengers are families of 2-3 members or more, including many babies accompanying their parents to celebrate Tet in their hometowns. To ensure the safety of passengers, drivers for the Joyful Trip are carefully selected. On the same route, drivers take turns to ensure that passengers are taken home safely. It is expected that the furthest destination will be reached after 24 hours (on February 6, the 27th day of Tet) in Quang Binh.

900 workers are transported home for Tet by the Joyful Trip, completely free of charge

Speaking at the ceremony, Mr. Nguyen Ngoc Thang – Director of Operations Division of Co.opmart, said: “The message for Tet 2024 from Saigon Co.op is “Bring Tet home with Co.op” and today, 900 passengers will be “brought back home with Co.op” on the Joyful Trip. Implemented for the first time in 2023, the Joyful Trip of Saigon Co.op is highly appreciated for its socialization, humanitarianism, and suitability for organization in big cities that attract laborers from all over the country. Following that success, this year the program has been expanded to the capital city of Hanoi and is expected to become an annual activity of the unit, based on connecting with organizations nationwide.”

Mr. Nguyen Ngoc Thang – Director of Operations Division of Co.opmart speaking at the ceremony

Since its establishment, Saigon Co.op has constantly strived to bring the best value to customers, the community, and society. Especially this year, Saigon Co.op aims to reach a special milestone, celebrating 35 years of formation and development. In addition to focusing on business, maintaining stable prices, and bringing Vietnamese products to all parts of the country, Saigon Co.op also expands programs for the community and society. On the occasion of the Lunar New Year Gia Thinh, Saigon Co.op has organized various support programs for workers to welcome Tet, such as: 0-dong fair selling essential goods, 0-dong Tet mini supermarket, more than 250 mobile sales trips bringing over 5,000,000 items at stable prices, high-quality Vietnamese products to workers at industrial and export processing zones, remote areas; giving 5,000 Tet gift sets with a total value of 3 billion VND to Trade Union members, workers in the “Worker Day – Love Fair” program on Co.op Online.

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