With the aim of decreasing people’s psychological distress during a social distancing period amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a local authority in Ho Chi Minh City held a special contest to promote tree care.
Twelve households in Tan Hung Thuan Ward, District 12, Ho Chi Minh City were offered an apple tree each to take part in the competition, which may be the first of its kind in the city.
The street DHT 05 in the ward has been put on lockdown recently after it registered four cases of COVID-19 last week.
Apart from DHT 05, there are three other areas in the ward that have been isolated because of reported COVID-19 cases.
In the hope of relaxing the locals during the lockdown, the Tan Hung Thuan People's Committee has launched a competition in which people tend to green apple trees as a way to stand up together to curb the pandemic.
On Wednesday last week, 12 families were given an apple tree each along with fertilizers.
They have 20 days to grow and care for the trees.
They will also have to take photos of the trees and send them to a technician daily via the Zalo app, which is a popular social network among Vietnamese people.
After 20 days, a panel of judges will review and score each tree.
There will be one first prize of VND2 million (US$87) and three consolation prizes worth VND500,000 ($22) each.
|Apple trees already bearing fruit have been chosen to be given to households in Tan Hung Thuan Ward, District 12, Ho Chi Minh City.|
|A man carries a potted apple tree to be offered to a family in Tan Hung Thuan Ward, District 12, Ho Chi Minh City.|
|Twelve apple trees are ‘waiting' to be fetched by 12 households in Tan Hung Thuan Ward, District 12, Ho Chi Minh City.|