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1,500 join Slipper Race
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1,500 join Slipper Race

Kieu Giang

By Kieu Giang in HCMC

A view of the 1st Happy Feet Slipper Race in District 7 on Sunday - Photo: Thanh Son

The first-ever Happy Feet Slipper Race, which took place on Sunday at The Crescent in District 7, attracted over 1,500 people who helped raise VND90 million for the education of underprivileged children in Vietnam.

The proceeds of Project Happy Feet Slipper Race, co-organized by sports center of District 7, Project Happy Feet, KOTO and Bitis brand, will go towards the following projects: ‘Preventing poor children leaving school early’ managed by Vietnam Association for Protection of Children Rights (VAPCR); KOTO Foundation – a vocational program in hospitality for street kids and disadvantaged youths and a project to help build facilities for two schools with disabled and poor children organized by Loreto Vietnam-Australia program (LVAP).

“With this sponsorship, we will grant scholarships to poor children in Lao Cai, Bac Kan, Ha Giang, Thanh Hoa, Bac Ninh, Nghe An, Quang Binh and Ha Tinh provinces. We will also implement a program to prevent children dropping out of school,” said Tran Thi Thanh Thanh, chairwoman of VAPCR.

After the event, Project Happy Feet is still calling on benefactors who wish to contribute to the education of poor children until March 31 by buying gratitude cards at KOTO Saigon restaurant at 151A Hai Ba Trung Street in District 3.

The event was conceptualized by Project Happy Feet Limited, a Singapore-based non-profit organization set up in 2009 to support education-related initiatives that empower underprivileged people.

The first Project Happy Feet Slipper Race was held in Singapore in 2011 and saw a turnout of 1,800 registered participants, raising SGD107,000 for underprivileged children in Singapore, Vietnam and Cambodia. The event in 2012 attracted 2,500 people who raised US$126,000 for educational projects in Singapore and Cambodia. This year, it was held in HCMC to further help education organizations in Vietnam. The next race is expected to take place on August 31 in Singapore.

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