City charity run raises $178k for kids’ heart surgery

HCM CITY — Around VNĐ4 billion (US$178,000) was raised for heart surgeries for poor children at the “Run for heart 2017” event in HCM City on Sunday.

Organised by the “Việt Nam Heart Fund” and Malaysia’s Gamuda Land Joint Stock Company, the charity run attracted 17,000 participants.

In its four years, the “Run for heart” event has collected a total of VNĐ10.6 billion ($472,000) and provided heart surgeries for 438 children with congenital heart disease.

Every year 12,000 children are born in Việt Nam with congenital heart disease, half of them requiring surgery. Heart surgeries are very expensive, costing between VNĐ54 – 190 million ($2,400- 8,500).

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