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Ex-gangster offers free meals to poor patients in Ho Chi Minh City

Ex-gangster offers free meals to poor patients in Ho Chi Minh City

Monday, October 24, 2022, 12:05 GMT+7
Ex-gangster offers free meals to poor patients in Ho Chi Minh City
Over the past eight years, Nguyen Thanh Cuong and his wife have rolled up their sleeves to prepare meals for poor patients in Ho Chi Minh City every early morning.

Nguyen Thanh Cuong, also known as Cuong Ba Cu, who was a notorious member of an underworld gang in Ho Chi Minh City in the 1980s, has turned over a new leaf and offered free meals to poor patients in the city for eight years.

“Please queue up orderly. Everyone will have food,” Cuong, 52, a sturdy man with a tawny complexion told patients who were queuing up to receive free servings at the gate of the Ho Chi Minh City Oncology Hospital in Binh Thanh District through a megaphone.

Cuong told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper that he made mistakes in the past. He was a jailbird for half of his young days.

Thanh My, residing in Tay Ninh Province, knows Cuong’s meaningful activity, so she gives cash totaling VND15 million (US$604.2) to patients who are treated at the Ho Chi Minh City Oncology Hospital.

Thanh My, residing in Tay Ninh Province, Vietnam knows Nguyen Thanh Cuong’s meaningful activity, so she gives cash totaling VND15 million (US$604) to patients who are treated at the Ho Chi Minh City Oncology Hospital. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

Looking back on his journey in the past, he feels regret and wants to do good deeds to have peace of mind.

During the meeting with Tuoi Tre, he just talked about stories in the present, meals for poor patients, love, and compassion.

He wanted to forget or rarely mentioned his past.

“I choose the [Ho Chi Minh City] Oncology Hospital as my best friend died there. In 2018, I also fought cancer," Cuong said.

Cuong pays much attention to nutritional values and food safety.

Nguyen Thanh Cuong pays much attention to nutritional values and food safety. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

“Witnessing what patients have to suffer from, I want to maintain my charity work.

“Doing charity is not simple, especially in such a complicated area. It is a microcosm of the society in front of the hospital as there are not only raw-boned patients who are fighting for life but also gangsters.

“I must try to avoid conflicts with them."

Cuong uses the revenue from his coffee shop and restaurant to do charity.

In addition, his friends across Vietnam regularly make contributions so that he can maintain the meaningful activity.

Cuong Ba Cu travels in his car to give free servings to poor patients.

Cuong Ba Cu travels in his car to give free servings to poor patients. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

At 3:00 pm from Monday to Thursday every week, patients and caretakers queue up to wait for Cuong.

At 3:00 pm from Monday to Thursday every week, patients and caretakers queue up to wait for Nguyen Thanh Cuong. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

Cuong uses a megaphone to coordinate his charity activity.

Nguyen Thanh Cuong uses a megaphone to coordinate his charity activity. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

Each patient receives a serving, including rice, main course, stir-fried vegetables, soup, and fruits.

Each patient receives a serving, including rice, main course, stir-fried vegetables, soup, and fruits. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

Patients of the Ho Chi Minh City Oncology Hospital are provided with vouchers for servings.

Patients of the Ho Chi Minh City Oncology Hospital are provided with vouchers for servings. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

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Nguyen Thanh Cuong, also known as Cuong Ba Cu, who was a notorious member of an underworld gang in Ho Chi Minh City in the 1980s, has turned over a new leaf and offered free meals to poor patients in the city for eight years.

“Please queue up orderly. Everyone will have food,” Cuong, 52, a sturdy man with a tawny complexion told patients who were queuing up to receive free servings at the gate of the Ho Chi Minh City Oncology Hospital in Binh Thanh District through a megaphone.

Cuong told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper that he made mistakes in the past. He was a jailbird for half of his young days.

Thanh My, residing in Tay Ninh Province, knows Cuong’s meaningful activity, so she gives cash totaling VND15 million (US$604.2) to patients who are treated at the Ho Chi Minh City Oncology Hospital.

Thanh My, residing in Tay Ninh Province, Vietnam knows Nguyen Thanh Cuong’s meaningful activity, so she gives cash totaling VND15 million (US$604) to patients who are treated at the Ho Chi Minh City Oncology Hospital. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

Looking back on his journey in the past, he feels regret and wants to do good deeds to have peace of mind.

During the meeting with Tuoi Tre, he just talked about stories in the present, meals for poor patients, love, and compassion.

He wanted to forget or rarely mentioned his past.

“I choose the [Ho Chi Minh City] Oncology Hospital as my best friend died there. In 2018, I also fought cancer," Cuong said.

Cuong pays much attention to nutritional values and food safety.

Nguyen Thanh Cuong pays much attention to nutritional values and food safety. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

“Witnessing what patients have to suffer from, I want to maintain my charity work.

“Doing charity is not simple, especially in such a complicated area. It is a microcosm of the society in front of the hospital as there are not only raw-boned patients who are fighting for life but also gangsters.

“I must try to avoid conflicts with them."

Cuong uses the revenue from his coffee shop and restaurant to do charity.

In addition, his friends across Vietnam regularly make contributions so that he can maintain the meaningful activity.

Cuong Ba Cu travels in his car to give free servings to poor patients.

Cuong Ba Cu travels in his car to give free servings to poor patients. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

At 3:00 pm from Monday to Thursday every week, patients and caretakers queue up to wait for Cuong.

At 3:00 pm from Monday to Thursday every week, patients and caretakers queue up to wait for Nguyen Thanh Cuong. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

Cuong uses a megaphone to coordinate his charity activity.

Nguyen Thanh Cuong uses a megaphone to coordinate his charity activity. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

Each patient receives a serving, including rice, main course, stir-fried vegetables, soup, and fruits.

Each patient receives a serving, including rice, main course, stir-fried vegetables, soup, and fruits. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

Patients of the Ho Chi Minh City Oncology Hospital are provided with vouchers for servings.

Patients of the Ho Chi Minh City Oncology Hospital are provided with vouchers for servings. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

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