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'Run For The Heart' charity program launched

Released at: 06:59, 10/11/2019

'Run For The Heart' charity program launched

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Seventh charity run to be held in Hanoi and HCMC on November 10 and 24.

by Hung Cao

Gamuda Land and the Heartbeat Vietnam project belonging to the VinaCapital Foundation (VCF) have announced the “Run For The Heart 2019” charity event will take place on November 10 at Gamuda City in Hanoi’s Hoang Mai district and on November 24 at Celadon City in Ho Chi Minh City’s Tan Phu district. Both residential projects are developed by Gamuda Land.

With the meaningful message of “Heart to heart - Raise the lives”, Run For The Heart is a charity run organized annually by Gamuda Land and Heartbeat Vietnam to raise funds for poor children nationwide to receive heart surgeries.

Initiated in 2013, after six consecutive years the run has raised over VND23 billion ($990,000) to help 900 children receive free heart surgeries. The run also has huge support from the community, with 10,000 - 15,000 people joining in each year, including thousands of students, workers, and families in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

The strong support shows that the run has gained in popularity in the community. Run For The Heart not only receives significant participation but also support from many influential celebrities.

According to the VCF, every year in Vietnam there are approximately 16,000 children born with congenital heart disease, of which 7,500 need urgent surgery. If treatment is not timely, thousands will die before turning 18. Depending on their status, surgeries cost can cost from $1,500 to $7,000, which is beyond poor families in remote areas.

Thousands of children are waiting for the miracle of having a healthy heart. Since 2013, Gamuda Land has contributed to raising awareness and called for action to save children in need and provided opportunities for thousands of families across the country.

“To care for people and communities is one of Gamuda Land’s core values,” said Mr. Angus Liew, Deputy General Director of Gamuda Land, Ho Chi Minh City. “A true town-maker always prioritize the sustainable development of communities to provide the best living quality. Under this principle, corporate social responsibility (CSR) is an essential part of Gamuda Land’s operations.”

“Run For The Heart is one of our most remarkable activities to support children by providing a better future. Gamuda Land will continue with our efforts to join hands with the community for the greater development of Run For The Heart, in order to improve the lives of unfortunate children.”

“We very much appreciate the continued cooperation from Gamuda Land since 2013, which helps Heartbeat Vietnam move closer to the goal of eliminating congenital heart disease from the most difficult healthcare issues facing poor children,” said Mr. Don Lam, Chairman of the VCF. “Run For The Heart is the biggest social project VCF co-organizes, and I believe that the meaningful and humane message from this event will spread out widely to the public.”

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