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CapitaLand Hope Foundation donates $25K for autism awareness

Released at: 15:23, 29/05/2019

CapitaLand Hope Foundation donates $25K for autism awareness

Photo: CapitaLand Vietnam

Successful holding of The Steps Challenge results in $25,000 donation to Saigonchildren to assist autism community.

by Khanh Chi

Around 1,500 people joined The Steps Challenge 2019 last weekend, hosted by the Saigon Children’s Charity (Saigonchildren) in partnership with CapitaLand Vietnam, aiming to reach 10 million steps to unlock a donation of $25,000 from the CapitaLand Hope Foundation (CHF), which will be used for Saigonchildren’s Special Needs Education Program to directly support the autism community in Vietnam.

One month prior, the online campaign #stepupforautism was launched as the first part of The Steps Challenge, to raise autism awareness in Vietnam and with the target of 100 million steps shared online.

Six weeks on, the number of steps reached almost doubled, attracting thousands of people around the country to join the movement online. In conjunction with this success, tickets for The Steps Challenge were sold out two weeks before the event and attracted a wide range of participants in Ho Chi Minh City, including young people, families with kids, and company teams.

“2019 marks a significant year as CapitaLand celebrates its 25th anniversary 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. We believe that every child has the potential for greatness, and when built upon, can in return benefit their communities too.”

“We all know that autism cannot be cured completely, but early diagnosis and support mean that children with autism can communicate and learn better, and ultimately have a better life,” said Ms. Truc Nguyen from the Trustee Board of Saigonchildren. “Your energy today will be transformed into money support from CapitaLand, who is our wonderful partner in The Steps Challenge. All money raised will be spent on autism education projects in Vietnam.”

Participants achieved more than 10 million steps collectively by joining in walking, running, games, bamboo dances, jumping, and passing obstacles during The Steps Challenge. These efforts unlocked CHF’s donation and opened doors to a better understanding of autism and children with autism’s integration into society, bringing hope and opportunity for the lives of hundreds of thousands of children and their families.

With the $25,000 donation from CapitaLand Vietnam, Saigonchildren can help many children with autism in the country through activities in its Special Needs Education Program.

The Steps Challenge 2019 has ended but the whole campaign of “Unlocking Hope” for a positive impact in enhancing healthy habits and autism awareness has just begun. Saigonchildren’s Special Needs Education Program is open to receiving any fundraising to support more and more children with autism in Vietnam.

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