Outlook - - HOME TURF - by Gia Loäcø

Bib­lio­phile has 15,000 rare books

After 15 years of col­lect­ing, a 30-year-old Hanoian man now owns 15,000 rare and pre­cious books that fill his house on Leâ Thanh Nghò Street.

The col­lec­tion in­cludes the Vul­gate Bi­ble printed in Hong Kong in 1913, the fa­mous book Abreùgeù De L'His­toire d' An­nam (An Nam His­tory), the epic Viet­namese poem Tale of

Kieàu in French, and rare edi­tions of well­known nov­els War and Peace, Gone With the Wind, Dream of Red Cham­ber, and Jour­ney to the West.

Leâ Vaên Hôïp's trea­sure in­cludes 200 best- sell­ing books by re­spected trans­la­tor Nguyeãn Hieán Leâ.

Hôïp has been read­ing and col­lect­ing books since he was a young child. To buy books, he saved his daily al­lowance and the lucky money he got dur­ing the Teát hol­i­day. Each week, he buys two or three books.

Hôïp says he buys most of his books in Haø Noäi but also trav­els through­out the coun­try to find old or rare books.

Each year, he or­gan­ises four or five old book fairs to ex­change books and auc­tion pre­cious books for char­ity pro­grammes.

Youth do­nate hair for can­cer

Young peo­ple are vol­un­teer­ing to cut their hair to help make wigs for can­cer pa­tients suf­fer­ing hair loss.

Tröông Lyù Thaûo Nhö, a stu­dent at the Fi­nance-Mar­ket­ing Univer­sity, says she cut her long hair off after learn­ing about the side­ef­fects of can­cer treat­ment as a vol­un­teer for the Maïnh Hôn Sôï Haõi (Stronger than Fear) cam­paign.

Via her Face­book page, Nhö has also en­cour­aged her friends to do­nate their hair. Traàn Kim Ngaân, Nhö's school­mate, said: "My wish to do some­thing for can­cer pa­tients has come true. I have seen some peo­ple with hair loss wear­ing a wool hat or a tur­ban. If my hair can help them feel bet­ter, I am pre­pared to keep mine short."

On re­ceiv­ing a free wig, a 27-year-old woman from Haø Noäi said her mother has been strug­gling with can­cer for six years.

"Now my mother feels more con­fi­dent about meet­ing neigh­bours and rel­a­tives. In

the past, she did not want to go out­side.”

‘Char­ity al­ley’

Al­ley 96 in HCM City's Phan Ñình Phuøng Street is now known as "char­ity al­ley". At its en­trance, an ice-tea bucket has been placed for use by lot­tery ticket sell­ers, pedi­cab driv­ers and ven­dors.

On the first or 15th day of each lu­nar month, res­i­dents con­trib­ute money to cook veg­e­tar­ian food for the poor, and a team of five mo­tor­bike-taxi driv­ers brings needy and the el­derly to the al­ley.

A free medicine cab­i­net for emer­gency aid has been placed in a house. Res­i­dents vol­un­teer to buy medicine and other items for the cab­i­net.

The al­ley also hosts a garage that pro­vides free mo­tor­bike re­pair ser­vices.

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