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CapitaLand holds Swimming Day for underprivileged kids

Released at: 14:07, 12/08/2016

CapitaLand holds Swimming Day for underprivileged kids

Day held at Dam Sen Park in HCMC to give the children a day out before the new school year.

by Phi Yen

CapitaLand Vietnam organized a Swimming Day at Dam Sen Park Swimming Pool for 65 street children from the Rosary Centre in Ho Chi Minh City on August 12, giving them a fun time outdoors before they begin their new school year.

CapitaLand Vietnam is committed to building communities, according to CEO Chen Lian Pang. “I am glad that this event allowed underprivileged children to experience and enjoy fun-filled activities such as swimming and playing in the pool,” he said. “When we grow on the business front we must not forget to give back to the local community through our corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities. Children are the future of a nation, and CapitaLand Vietnam strives to do our part by building up the younger generation in Vietnam too.”

In addition to covering the entrance tickets for the children and caretakers of the Rosary Centre, CapitaLand Vietnam also provided breakfast and lunch as well as a goodies bag containing daily necessities such as notebooks, rice, instant noodles, cakes and milk.

Street children, who are mostly orphans or from poor families, are considered one of the most underprivileged in Vietnamese society.

Living in harsh conditions, the children have to work extra hard to support themselves and, in many cases, their parents and relatives. While other children their age enjoy food and toys, street children must work for their basic needs by selling lottery tickets, balloons, and collecting bottles and cans.

CapitaLand Vietnam has been actively involved in helping the community, and organizing the Swimming Day is just one of its CSR activities.

It has now built two Hope Schools in Vietnam for 400 students, in Phu Tho and Long An provinces. This year it has been identifying a location for a third Hope School.

Other CSR initiatives include blood donation drives, first aid training, and festive activities for underprivileged children. As a Group, CapitaLand contributes 0.5 per cent of its profit to CSR initiatives.

This year CapitaLand marks its 22nd year in Vietnam, having invested in a range of projects in the residential and service sectors in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hai Phong, Da Nang, Binh Duong, and Nha Trang.

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