Athletes at the “Run for the Future” event (Photo: VNA)

Da Nang (VNA) – As many as 800 amateur athletes, who are members of the Da Nang Young Businesspeople Association and staff of the Southeast Asia Joint Stock Commercial Bank (SeABank) participated in the “Run for the Future” held in the central city on August 19.

The event aims to raise public awareness of the importance of physical exercise, and call for support for impoverished students through the bank’s “Dream Nursing” Fund.

Ten disadvantaged students, including seven in Da Nang city, one in Binh Dinh province, and two in Quang Tri province, received scholarships worth nearly 1 billion VND (44,000 USD) in total.

According to Le Thu Thuy, SeABank General Director, the scholarship fund was set up at the beginning of 2016 to assist poor students with 1 million VND (44 USD) per month until they graduate high school.

Fifty-six poor students in 25 provinces and cities nationwide have benefited from the fund, she said, adding that the fund has joined hands with BRG Group to sponsor scholarships for 55 disadvantaged students in Lao Cai province during 2016-2018.

In the coming time, the fund will give more support to needy students to ensure that they can realise their dreams, and have a brighter future, Thuy added.

The same event was held in Hanoi two months ago, drawing the participation of 1,500 athletes. Scholarships worth 1 billion VND were presented to 10 students in the capital city.-VNA