Viet and his team are currently helping around 100 people a month, with each member spending up to $2 daily on equipment such as bandages, usually around a 10th of their income.
Although Hanoi’s streets are once again bustling after a weeks-long social isolation order was lifted at the end of April, ride-hailing drivers suffered considerably during the pandemic.
“We earnt much less money… it was very difficult but all of us have overcome it,” said Viet, explaining that most continued to patrol and buy supplies despite their reduced income.
And there was no discrimination when it came to who they treated.
“Some members asked me ‘if the injured are not motorbike taxi drivers, why should we care about them?’ I told them: ‘Imagine those people were your relatives, your friends, would you still say that?'”
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