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"Run for the Heart" raises $177,000 for surgeries

Released at: 10:36, 17/11/2017

"Run for the Heart" raises $177,000 for surgeries

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Fifth holding of annual charity run raises funds for Vietnamese children with heart disease.

by Khanh Chi

The “Run for the Heart 2017” charity race was held a few days ago by Gamuda Land Vietnam and the Heart Beat Vietnam Fund at Celadon City in Tan Phu district, Ho Chi Minh City, raising funds for children with congenital heart disease.

The run attracted more than 17,000 people and raised funds of nearly $177,000 to save disadvantaged children awaiting heart surgeries. Last year’s run attracted nearly 20,000 participants and raised $256,000, all of which went to pay for surgeries.

This was the fifth year the Malaysian-backed property developer has cooperated with the not-for-profit Heart Beat Vietnam to organize the run. In its first four holdings it attracted 48,000 people and raised nearly $470,000, helping 438 young hearts, with support from the VinaCapital Foundation’s Heartbeat Vietnam.

“We are very excited that ‘Run for Heart 2017’ was successful, with great interest and a positive response from the community,” said Ms. Robin King Austin, CEO of the VinaCapital Foundation. “The contribution of all of us today will be a great joy, opening up a brighter future for the children who are waiting for their resurrection. Hopefully in the future we will always receive community support and cooperation, and together we will bring more resurgence to the future young generation.”

“Social responsibility is an integral part of Gamuda Land’s business activities,” said Mr. Wyeren Yap Vooi Soon, General Director of Gamuda Land Ho Chi Minh City. “Community and environmental protection activities are our focus. ‘Run for the Heart’ is one of the important projects we want to develop in the long run to improve quality of life and create sustainable values for the community, because we believe that children are the future and are in need of care and protection.”

It’s estimated that more than 12,000 children in Vietnam are born with congenital heart disease each year, but up to 6,000 must wait and some even die before they are diagnosed. In order to save lives, doctors recommend surgery or early treatment, but the average cost of $2,500 to $8,500 is no small sum for families with economic difficulties.

Established in 2006, Heartbeat Vietnam works with the goal of supporting patients with congenital heart defects in the country. It has supported the surgery costs of more than 5,800 patients. VinaCapital Group pays for all operating expenses of the foundation, so 100 per cent of donations will be used directly to save lives.

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