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Hanoi (VNA) – Over 70 children living with heart diseases nationwide will receive free surgery worth 1.6 billion VND under a programme co-worked by Suntory PepsiCo Vietnam Beverage (SPVB) and the VinaCapital Foundation. 

The amount was raised from the 13th Friendship Golf Tournament Suntory PepsiCo hosted by the SPVB, which was firstly organised in 2001. 

According to the SPVB, the tournament began activities to call for donation from 2007. 

Over 15 billion VND has been collected through the tournament so far and the amount was used to build compassionate houses and medical stations, support disaster victims and grant scholarships to students with disadvantaged backgrounds across the country. 

More than 430 heart operations have been performed for poor patients sourced from the programme so far.-VNA