thue may photocopy

When walking is really good medicine

PDFPrintE-mail

Five Vietnamese men ended a very long walk yesterday. They’d been on the road for 58 days after starting on August 6 from the Hoan Kiem Lake in Ha Noi.

Herbal medicine, disadvantaged people, non-professional walkers, Vietnam economy, Vietnamnet bridge, English news about Vietnam, Vietnam news, news about Vietnam, English news, Vietnamnet news, latest news on Vietnam, Vietnam

This way, grandma: Do Anh Tuan helps an elderly woman in Quang Nam Province. Tuan is one of five friends who walked from Ha Noi to HCMC, delivering free herbal medicines and providing free health checks on the way.

Phan Thanh Long, Le Viet Hop, Tram Khuong Minh, Dao The Cuong and Do Anh Tuan are from different professional backgrounds, but they were driven by the desire to give something of value to the community.

Central to the walking project was 40-year-old herbal medicine practitioner Long, because its main activity was delivering free herbal medicines and providing health checks for more than a thousand disadvantaged people.

 “Along the way, we contacted locals, asked them to set up the venue and invite their brethren to enjoy the free service that we deliver. We would spend a whole day, serving up to a hundred of people in each locality,” said Long, who initiated the idea.

In some places, the crowd was so big that Long, who owns a herbal pharmacy in HCM City, had to call his staff to travel to the locality and support his work.

“The happiness of people we were able to help kept us motivated throughout,” said Long, a native of the central province of Quang Binh.

Long is the only one with a background in medicine. His friends joined him to support the effort. Some of them wanted to challenge themselves, see more of the country and discharge what they saw as their responsibility.

“We get value from the community through our business, so we should have a responsibility to the community,” said Hop.

The herbal medicines Long handed out during the walkathon were mostly those that help with treating chronic diseases like osteoarthritis and sinusitis, but there were also people who received herbs to lightening birthmarks.

Apart from medicines, the walkers occasionally gifted books to local children.

The inspiration

As a herbalist owning a pharmacy, Long had observed that many people came to his pharmacy to find out what their ailment was, but left without buying medicines because they couldn’t afford it.

“This made me very sad and is part of the reason for deciding to walk across the country and deliver free medicines and health checks up for poor people,” said Long.

Added inspiration came from an Estonian man that he met by chance at his sister’s flower shop last year, when he’d returned to Quang Binh for the Tet (Lunar New Year) celebrations.

“A foreign customer wanted to buy some rhododendron flowers. Through my wife, who interpreted for me, I learnt that Meigo Mark, 27, was from Estonia and had been on the road for a few years, answering an inner call to walk around the world. His journey fascinated me and I kept thinking about it. My nephew also told me that Mark visited his school and shared his story, highlighting some of the lessons he’d learned.

 “Later on, I attended a self help class and the instructor asked participants to write down 100 things they wanted to would want to do before death. It was then that I realised I needed to make a trip like Mark’s.

“The instructor helped me draw out the idea. I still felt intimidated by the challenges and obstacles, but the support of family and the company of my friends made it easy to take the decision to pursue it.”

The first ten days were the toughest for the non-professional walkers.

“Our legs hurt, but l had to keep going. Then, I would think of the young Estonian man, and the happiness of the people we could help, and it inspired and gave us the spiritual strength to continue,” said Long.

Every day, the men woke up at 5am and walked until 11am, rested and continued their journey from 2 or 3pm to 11pm. “At around 6km per hour, we walked an average of 40 to 50km per day.

“I think this journey will be a good foundation for us to do more good for the community in the future.” 

Herbal medicine, disadvantaged people, non-professional walkers, Vietnam economy, Vietnamnet bridge, English news about Vietnam, Vietnam news, news about Vietnam, English news, Vietnamnet news, latest news on Vietnam, Vietnam

First steps: The five friends who started walking from Hoan Kiem Lake in Ha Noi on August 6 and arrived in HCM City yesterday.

Herbal medicine, disadvantaged people, non-professional walkers, Vietnam economy, Vietnamnet bridge, English news about Vietnam, Vietnam news, news about Vietnam, English news, Vietnamnet news, latest news on Vietnam, Vietnam

Welcome relief: “The happiness of people we were able to help kept us motivated throughout,”Long said.

Hong Van

Source: VietNamNet

Related news items:
Newer news items:
Older news items:

Massage Vietnam

euro super

 

 

 

 

 

Auto Leaf Spring by 19-8 Mechanical JSC Company

bóng đèn

Bioscope health care Innovation

anduy interior

 

du lịch biển thiên cầm

Latest News

SMW-3 submarine cable to be fixed by December 26

SMW-3 submarine cable to be fixed by December 26

Asia-Middle East-Western...
13 December 2017
Vietnam among Top 10 fastest-growing tourist destinations

Vietnam among Top 10 fastest-growing tourist destinations

The United Nations World...
13 December 2017
Phuong Le crowned Mrs World Peace 2017

Phuong Le crowned Mrs World Peace 2017

Vietnamese representative...
13 December 2017
Southern folk music festival held

Southern folk music festival held

People have gathered...
13 December 2017
For gender dysphoria, sex reassignment no cure-all

For gender dysphoria, sex reassignment no cure-all

While it helps deal...
13 December 2017
Strong second half of year results in big trade surplus

Strong second half of year results in big trade surplus

Vietnam has enjoyed...
13 December 2017