First football tourney for disadvantaged children slated for 2019

The first football tournament for disadvantaged children nationwide is set to take place in 2019, heard a press briefing in Hanoi on December 26.

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The Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA), the National Fund for Vietnamese Children (NFVC), the Ministry of Education and Training, and the Vietnam Football Federation will co-organise the event. 

The tournament is expected to see the participation of 60 teams, said MoLISA Deputy Minister Nguyen Thi Ha.

Ha affirmed that the Party and State always pay special attention to the care, protection and education of children, especially those who live in disadvantaged areas.

Meanwhile, the 12th edition of a programme “Mua xuan cho em” (Spring for Children) will be held on January 6 next year, announced NFVC Director Hoang Van Tien. 

Organisations and individuals who have provided support for disadvantaged children in 2018 will also be honoured at the event.

After 11 years, the programme has raised hundreds of billions of VND to support needy children across the country.

During its 26 years of operation, the NFVC has mobilised nearly VND6.5 trillion (US$279 million) to assist more than 30 million disadvantaged children nationwide.