The Hanoi Run for Children 2018 attracted thousands of people (Photo: cand.com.vn)

Hanoi (VNA)
- Thousands of people joined a run in Hanoi on December 2 to raise funds for children living with cancer and congenital heart disease.

The event is an annual humanitarian sports activity jointly held by the Vietnam - Canada Friendship Association (VCFA) under the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations (VUFO), the Canadian Embassy in Vietnam, political and social organisations.

Addressing the Hanoi Run for Children 2018, Deputy Health Minister Nguyen Viet Tien, who is also Chairman of the VCFA, highlighted the significance of the activity, which was initiated in 2009, saying it helps connect kind hearts who join hands to bring positive changes to the community.

He added that the run is also a typical activity in the friendship and cooperation relations between Vietnam and Canada.

Canadian Ambassador to Vietnam Deborah Paul said all children deserve a healthy life, and people can make a difference in the life of less privileged children by helping them to receive treatment and realise their dreams.

She hoped that activities like the race will be expanded in the time to come, thus supporting more and more poor kids in Vietnam.  

People's artist Le Khanh, singers Thai Thuy Linh and  Duc Tuan, MC Phan Anh, and other famous artists joined the run.

By the December 2’s noon, over 1.1 billion VND (46,960 USD) was raised from the event. The entire amount will be managed by VinaCapital Fund, which supports the treatment for disadvantaged children with cancer and congenital heart disease at the National Children’s Hospital and the Hanoi Heart Hospital.-VNA