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Stepping up for autism in Vietnam

Released at: 18:31, 24/04/2019

Stepping up for autism in Vietnam

Photo: Khanh Chi (VET)

The Steps Challenge to be held by saigonchildren and CapitaLand Vietnam in May in HCMC.

by Hong Nhung

The Steps Challenge will take place on May 25 this year in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 2. A community event organized by saigonchildren in partnership with CapitaLand Vietnam, the challenge raises funds to provide appropriate care and access to special education by children with autism in Vietnam. Entry is free and all are welcome.

During the six weeks leading up to The Steps Challenge, saigonchildren and CapitaLand will hold an online social campaign, #stepupforautism, to “gather” up to 100 million steps from participants and supporters via the internet.

Anyone can join the movement by taking photos of the number of steps they walk or run and posting it on social networks with the hashtag #stepupforautism. Each step, each photo, and each shared hashtag will raise awareness of autism and autism education throughout the community. The more steps achieved and the more people participating in the campaign, the wider the benefits will be shared. Together we can open the door to a better understanding of autism and enable children with autism to become better integrated into society, bringing hope and opportunity into the lives of hundreds of thousands of children and their loved ones.

In The Steps Challenge event in May, the CapitaLand Hope Foundation, CapitaLand’s philanthropic arm, commits to donating $25,000 if participants can together reach 10 million steps. The donation will go towards CapitaLand’s “Unlocking Hope” campaign, part of its corporate social responsibility initiatives in Vietnam.

“2019 marks a significant year as CapitaLand celebrates its 25thanniversary in Vietnam,” said Mr. Chen Lian Pang, CEO of CapitaLand Vietnam. “In conjunction with this milestone and as we continue to grow our business in Vietnam, we are committed to giving back to the local community. With our credo of Building People, Building Communities, we recognize that the long-term success of a company’s business is closely intertwined with the communities in which we operate. We believe that every child has the potential for greatness, and when built upon, can in return benefit their communities too.”

The SaigonChildren’s Charity CIO (saigonchildren) was founded in 1992 to help disadvantaged Vietnamese children get an education and a fairer start in life. It works exclusively in Vietnam and is committed to overcoming barriers to education for children, including poverty, geography, knowledge, and disability.

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