|More than 1,000 people from the capital and neighbouring areas participated in the event, which was organised yesterday in Thong Nhat Park. — VNA/VNS Photo
HA NOI (VNS) — The Ha Noi Run for Children this year has raised more than VND1.5 billion (US$66,700) for cancer research and assisted treatment of underprivileged children with cancer and congenital heart disease.
More than 1,000 people from the capital and neighbouring areas participated in the run, which was organised yesterday in Thong Nhat Park.
The 15th edition of the event, which started in 2000 is an annual social, charity and humanitarian activity hosted by the Canadian Embassy in Viet Nam, the Ha Noi Union of Friendship Organisations and the Viet Nam-Canada Friendship Organisation.
Vice-President of the Hanoi Chapter of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations Vu Thi Hai said Run for Children 2015 was well organised and had a strong influence over the community for its charity and humanitarian aspects.
Canadian Ambassador in Viet Nam David Devine said the event proved that the community could work together towards a common goal.
It also represents the sustainable friendship between Viet Nam and Canada and the citizens of both nations.
The Ha Noi Run for Children was originally known as Terry Fox Run during the 2000-2009 period. However, in order to target underprivileged children with cancer and congenital heart disease, then Canadian Ambassador in Việt Nam Deanna Horton suggested changing of the event's name to Ha Noi Run for Children in 2009.
The run has attracted 80,000 supporters and raised more than VNĐ8 billion ($355,000) so far.
About 345 child patients have benefited from this fund in the last four years. — VNS