|More than 24,000 people participated in the 22nd Terry Fox Run – a charity event to raise funds for cancer treatment and research in Việt Nam. — Photo nld.com.vn|Viet Nam News
HCM CITY — Over 24,000 people participated in the 22nd Terry Fox Run – a non-competitive five kilometre charity run – in HCM City on Sunday.
The event raised nearly VNĐ3 billion (US$129,000) which will be donated to cancer research and developing cancer facilities for Việt Nam’s hospitals.
According to Kelly Wong, co-chairman of the Terry Fox Run Việt Nam Fund, the event unites tens of thousands of people each year to raise funds and support Terry Fox’s dream of finding a cure for cancer.
Starting in Canada in 1981, the charity run is named after Terry Fox, an athlete who ran across Canada in the Marathon of Hope in 1980, aiming to raise funds and community awareness about cancer treatment. Fox was a cancer patient, and ran with an artificial leg. Terry Fox Run is now held in more than 60 nations worldwide.
As a non-competitive community event, Terry Fox Run Việt Nam is open to every individual, family and group, regardless of age. People can choose to participate by walking, jogging or cycling.
“Two of my children and I registered in the run to contribute our small part to cancer research and treatment in Việt Nam,” said participant Trần Thị Thanh Hào, a resident of District 7. “It is also a chance for my children to learn about the meaning of charity.”
Held in Việt Nam for the past 22 years, Terry Fox Run has become one of the biggest charity events in Việt Nam. Last year, the run attracted 22,000 participants, raising over VNĐ2.6 billion ($112,000) in donations. — VNS