|People are taking part in the Olympic Run. — VNA/VNS Photo
AN GIANG (VNS) — More than 2,000 government officials, soldiers, workers, students and local residents came together in Long Xuyen City to take part in a public marathon today.
They gathered in the Ton Duc Thang Square of the city located in the southern An Giang province.
The event entitled, "Olympic Run for Public Health" is aimed at promoting awareness among the local residents about protecting their health.
Organised by the Viet Nam Father Front Committee in co-operation with the An Giang Province's Department of Culture, Tourism and Sports, the race will also raise funds to support the "Fund for the Poor."
On the first day of the movement today, more than VND57 billion (US$2.5 million) was raised for the poor.
Donors included people from social organisations and businesses. The provincial Hoa Hao Buddhist Executive Committee donated VND5 billion (US$240,000), while the Co To stone exploiting and processing enterprise contributed VND3.5 billion.
The Vice Chairman of the province's People's Committee Nguyen Thanh Binh stressed that the event was held to manifest the tradition of national unity among the local residents and to help implement the country's poverty eradication programme. — VNS