LIXIL Vietnam Corporation’s general director Masahiko Hiramoto hands over the donation to the Vietnamese Heart Fund’s deputy director Phạm Quốc Thắng at a ceremony in Hà Nội on Thursday. — VNS Photo Thanh Hải
HÀ NỘI — About 30 poor and underprivileged children in Việt Nam will be receiving vital heart surgeries thanks to a generous donation of VNĐ1 billion (US$44,800) from LIXIL Vietnam Corporation.
The donation was made by LIXIL Vietnam Corporation’s sanitary brand INAX to support Việt Nam Television’s Tấm Lòng Việt (Vietnamese Heart) Fund’s heart operation programme in 2019 at a ceremony on Thursday.
The fund provides free surgeries for disadvantaged children with congenital heart defects. The donation will be used to perform 30 surgeries on children under-16 whose families are too poor to afford the operation.
The donation has brought the company’s total contribution to the fund to nearly VNĐ9.2 billion ($397,000), bringing the total number children helped by LIXIL Vietnam Corporation in the past nine years to more than 260.
“We always think that children are the future, the main force to create the future development of the nation. Therefore, sharing and motivating children in their lives for a brighter future is also goal that INAX wants to contribute to the community in Việt Nam," said LIXIL Vietnam Corporation’s general director Masahiko Hiramoto.
A doctor provides congenital heart screenings for children in Quảng Nam Province. — Photo vtv.vn
The Vietnamese Heart Fund’s deputy director Phạm Quốc Thắng praised the contribution of LIXIL Vietnam Corporation, which has helped bring new life to children with heart defects in Việt Nam over the past nine years.
Thắng said that the programme received donations from local and international enterprises, organisations, individuals and donors to help over 5,000 children with congenital heart defects over the past 10 years.
“We look forward to receiving more support from local and international donors, and the business community in the coming years," added Thắng.
At the event, LIXIL Vietnam Corporation also handed gifts to 50 disadvantaged children at the National Hospital of Paediatrics.
Initiated by the Vietnamese Heart Fund, Việt Nam Television and Viettel Group in 2008, the programme aims to provide heart surgeries to 3,000 needy children in Việt Nam by 2020.
Statistics from the Ministry of Health said 8,000-10,000 infants are born with congenital heart defects each year in Việt Nam and some 20,000 children in the country are still waiting for surgery. — VNS