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$270,000 raised at 'Run for the Heart 2019'

Released at: 13:39, 29/11/2019

$270,000 raised at 'Run for the Heart 2019'

Photo: VCF

Program raises nearly $1 million in total after six years of hosting run.

by Khanh Chi

Gamuda Land JSC Ho Chi Minh City and Heartbeat Vietnam under the VinaCapital Foundation (VCF) have organized the “Run for the Heart” charity run in Ho Chi Minh City’s Tan Phu district, raising nearly $270,000 that will fund 250 surgeries for children with congenital heart disease.

With the meaningful message “Heart to heart - Raise the lives”, Run for the Heart is organized annually by Gamuda Land and Heartbeat Vietnam to raise funds for poor children nationwide to receive heart surgeries and give them a normal, healthy life and a bright future.

First held in 2013, six years on the program has raised nearly $1 million to help 900 children receive free heart surgeries. The results from this year’s program will take the number to over 1,000.

According to VCF estimates, every year in Vietnam there are approximately 16,000 children born with congenital heart disease, in which 7,500 need urgent surgery. If treatment is not provided on time, thousands will die before turning 18. Depending on their status, surgery can cost from $1,500-$7,000, which is unaffordable for poor families.

Thousands of children are waiting for a miracle to have healthy hearts. Gamuda Land has been continuously contributing to raising awareness and calling for actions to save children in need as well as provide opportunities for thousands of families around the country.

“I am very excited and moved because Run for the Heart 2019 attracted many young people and businesses taking action for poor children with congenital heart defects,” said Mr. Rad Kivette, Executive Director of Heartbeat Vietnam. “Heartbeat Vietnam’s figures show that 81 per cent of children who have had surgery continue to go to school and 62 per cent of families have better incomes and improved economic conditions.”

“Together with the community, we have been able to build and maintain health and education programs for the past 13 years, towards a healthy future generation, contributing to prosperous economic and social development in the whole country.”

This seventh Run for the Heart in 2019 was a major success. In addition to the impressive fundraising, the program also attracted over 15,000 people to join the run, including students, individuals, and many families in the city. The program continued to receive enthusiastic support from many influential celebrities.

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