Event raises VND1.5 billion for children with cancer

Sunday, 2019-12-15 21:52:22
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Child patients at the festival. (Photo: voh)
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NDO/VNA – A fund raising event in Ho Chi Minh City on December 15 raised VND1.5 billion (over US$64,400) for children with cancer in the country.

The Sunflower Festival, the 12th of its kind, is among activities to mark the 12th year of the “Thuy’s Dream” programme held by the Vietnam Youth Union in coordination with the Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper.

The Thuy’s Dream programme for children with cancer is named after Le Thanh Thuy – a high school girl known and admired for her long fight against bone cancer prior to her death on November 2, 2007.

More than 3,000 people participated in the charity walk at the festival. For each participant, the Nutifood company donated VND50,000 to help children cancer patients.

The programme also presented 160 scholarships to children who returned to school after treatment, and 1,000 gifts to children who are receiving treatment at 10 hospitals in HCM City, Da Nang, Thua Thien-Hue and Hanoi.

People can participate in the fund raising campaign via Facebook by drawing or making paper sunflowers with messages of wishes for children with cancer written on the works, before uploading the photos of them on Facebook with the hashtags #ngayhoihoahuongduong2019.

After 12 editions, the “Thuy’s Dream” programme has raised more than VND45 billion for children with cancer.