Event participants send SMS donating money to the fund for children with heart disease (Photo: ictnews.vn)

Hanoi (VNA) – A charity gala on October 8 night raised nearly 20 billion VND (900,000 USD) for the charity fund A healthy heart for you, which sponsors operations for poor children suffering from heart diseases.

Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh attended the event, which was co-organised by Vietnam Television and the military-run telecom group Viettel.

At the gala, participants met with many lucky children who have regained normal health and go to school thanks to the fund, and generous benefactors who donated to help cure the disadvantaged young patients.

The annual event has raised a total 110 billion VND (4.95 million USD) after eight years. The money was used to pay for operation for more than 3,000 under-16 heart patients.

Besides, the fund has also coordinated with hospitals to organize heart disease screening for over 30,000 children from disadvantaged background in remote areas.-VNA