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Run for the Heart 2017 launched

Released at: 21:18, 28/10/2017

Run for the Heart 2017 launched

Photo: Hong Nhung (VET)

Annual charity run to raise funds for Vietnamese children with heart disease set for November 12 in HCMC.

by Khanh Chi

Gamuda Land Vietnam and Heart Beat Vietnam Fund announced the launch of the “Run for the Heart 2017” charity race a few days ago in Ho Chi Minh City, which will raise funds for children with congenital heart disease on November 12 at Celadon City in Tan Phu district.

The run is expected to attract more than 15,000 people and raise funds to save disadvantaged children awaiting heart surgeries. Last year’s run attracted nearly 20,000 participants and raised $256,000, all of which went to pay for surgeries.

This will be the fifth year the Malaysian-backed property developer has cooperated with the not-for-profit Heart Beat Vietnam to organize the run. In its first four holdings it attracted 48,000 people and raised nearly $470,000, helping 438 young hearts.

“Social responsibility is an integral part of Gamuda Land’s business activities,” said Mr. Wyeren Yap Vooi Soon, General Director of Gamuda Land Ho Chi Minh City. “Community and environmental protection activities are our focus. ‘Run for the Heart’ is one of the important projects we want to develop in the long run to improve quality of life and create sustainable values for the community, because we believe that children are the future and are in need of care and protection.”

The event has also received active support and donations from An Cuong, CBM, Hoa Binh, Phuoc Thanh, Fecon South, Asian International School, Tupperware, LeNom, Tham&Wong, Nippon, and VinaCapital.

“We are excited about ‘Run for the Heart 2017’ at Celadon City,” said Mr. Rad Kivette, Director of Development and Government Relations at VinaCapital. “This year, with the help of the whole community, we hope that more poor children will be cured and unfortunate stories of being not treated in time will be minimized.”

It’s estimated that more than 12,000 children in Vietnam are born with congenital heart disease each year, but up to 6,000 must wait and some even die before they are diagnosed. In order to save lives, doctors recommend surgery or early treatment, but the average cost of $2,500 to $8,500 is no small sum for families with economic difficulties.

With this year’s goal of treating more than 120 children with congenital heart disease, “Run for the Heart 2017” seeks to mobilize 15,000 participants, including thousands of students at universities and the community in Ho Chi Minh City and neighboring provinces.

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