The 13th annual Fun Run for charity will launch a "Great Week" in Vietnam to celebrate 40 years of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and the UK.

"Great Week" will take place in Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang and Hanoi from September 29 to October 5, featuring various events on culture, economy and education, said British Consul General Douglas Barnes.

Fun Run, an annual event raising money for needy people in Vietnam , is organised by British Business Group Vietnam (BBGV).

The 4km run will take place on September 29, and is expected to be a record year with 8,000 runners and walkers raising 900 million VND (42,800 USD), Nick Holder, chairman of BBGV said at a press briefing on September 10.

He said that since the first Fun Run in 2000, the BBGV has raised 6 billion VND to benefit charities in Vietnam with a total of 47,000 participants.

The proceeds supported activities including: providing medical assistance to children; building restrooms for eight rural kindergartens in the central province of Binh Thuan and building eight bridges and a 1km-long road in the Mekong Delta province of Hau Giang.-VNA