|Thousands of people joined the Hà Nội Run for Children 2019 to raise money for poor young patients. — VNA/VNS Photo Văn Điệp|
HÀ NỘI — The Hà Nội Run for Children 2019 took place on Sunday at the main gate of the Thống Nhất Park in Hà Nội.
The annual event was co-organised by the Việt Nam-Canada Friendship Association under the Việt Nam Union of Friendship Association (VUFA), the Hà Nội Union of Friendship Organisation and the Canadian Embassy in Việt Nam.
Enterprises, representatives of embassies, local and international people living in Hà Nội joined the run.
Speaking at the event, Nguyễn Phương Nga, chairwoman of the VUFA, said the run would raise funds for not only children in Hà Nội but also children nationwide.
It was also a people-to-people exchange activity that would promote mutual understanding and friendship between the people of Việt Nam and those of other countries, and with Canadians in particular, she said.
A shirt selling campaign was held seven days before the event. For each shirt sold at VNĐ100,000 (US$4.3), buyers would contribute VNĐ50,000 ($2.1) to young patients.
The Hà Nội Run for Children 2019 collected more than VNĐ1.2 billion ($52,100). All the money will help disadvantaged children with cancer and congenital heart diseases at the National Paediatrics Hospital, the Hà Nội Heart Hospital and the Heartbeat Vietnam of VinaCapital Foundation. — VNS