Handicapped children to benefit from Hanoi Run

(VOV) -The Hanoi Run for Children (HRC), an annual community event to raise a fund for underprivileged children with cancer and heart disease, is set to take place at the main gate of Thong Nhat (Reunification) Park in Hanoi on December 6.

The event is co-organised by the Vietnam-Canada Friendship Association (VCFA), the Hanoi Union of Friendship Organizations (HAUFO), the Embassy of Canada to Vietnam, Manulife Vietnam, and the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi.

Addressing the press conference on November 24, Canada Ambassador to Vietnam David Devine stated every child in the country deserves to enjoy a healthy life, adding that together with the event, Hanoi residents and members of the international community living and working in the capital can make that happen.

“The Hanoi Run for Children is an excellent example of how we as a community can work together towards a common goal. It is also a demonstration of the strong friendship between our two countries and peoples”, said the Canadian diplomat.

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Also at the event, Mrs Nguyen Thi Thu Giang, the Secretary-General of the Vietnam-Canada Friendship Association described the HRC as an effective people-to-people activity helping deepening mutual understanding and friendship between people of Vietnam and other countries, including Canada.

People’s Artist Le Khanh, singer Tung Duong, female singer Thai Thuy Linh, and famed footballer Hoang Vu Samson of Hanoi T&T were among those in attendance.

According to the organising board, on December 6 morning, attendees can warm up with the Nshape professional coaches’ instructions, and have chance to enjoy music performances by famous singers and young talents from Taca Emca and Sao tuoi tho Clubs, and watch a martial art performance by VOVINA.

All the proceeds of the HRC will be used to treat underprivileged children with cancers and heart diseases at the National Hospital of Pediatrics, the Hanoi Heart Hospital, and the Heart Beat Vietnam programme of the VinaCapital Foundation.

Hanoians and foreign residents can buy a HRC T-shirt to donate VND30.000 to the fund at 3 Joma Bakery Café locations in 43 To Ngoc Van Street, 22 Ly Quoc Su street, and 38 Lieu Giai Street), and 1 HAUFO location in 15B Phan Chu Trinh street.

T-shirts will be on sale 8 days prior to the event.

Food and beverage stalls from Joma Bakery Café will also be set up around the stage and all profits will go to the fund-raising activities.

Established in 2000 (formerly known as the Terry Fox Run Hanoi before a change of format in 2009), the event is recognized as a popular corporate/family team building activity that promotes social responsibility while increasing awareness of healthcare issues in Vietnam.

The HRC raises around VND 1 billion on average each year.