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UOB charity run raises VND530 million for needy children

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – The United Overseas Bank (UOB) in Vietnam has held the UOB Heartbeat Run/Walk event in HCMC, successfully collecting over VND530 million to enhance the learning conditions for underprivileged children in the Mekong Delta.

The run/walk event took place on Sunday, August 6, attracting more than 2,000 participants who took part in a three-kilometer run/walk, a five-kilometer run, or a 10-kilometer run at Sala urban area in Thu Duc City.

The event featured various games and activities for both adults and children, along with a market selling items contributed by UOB staff to raise money for the UOB Heartbeat Fund.

Building upon the success of previous years’ online running events, this year’s program included an online challenge for UOB employees and their family members.

Over 370 individuals participated in the challenge in Vietnam, engaging in running, walking, and cycling activities, collectively covering a distance of over 4,000 kilometers. For every kilometer achieved, UOB pledged to contribute VND20,000 to the UOB Heartbeat Fund in Vietnam.

The UOB Heartbeat Run/Walk event in Vietnam this year has raised over VND530 million to support disadvantaged children and advance digital education in the Mekong Delta.

Saigon Children’s Charity CIO, the primary local beneficiary, will use the money to establish a computer room for 450 students at Tri Ton Primary School in An Giang Province.

This initiative is part of UOB’s five-year project, conducted in partnership with Saigon Children’s Charity, to establish a total of five computer rooms at schools across the Mekong Delta region.

The UOB Global Heartbeat Run/Walk serves as an annual flagship volunteering and fundraising event held by UOB in 18 markets worldwide. The raised funds are allocated to charitable organizations globally to enhance the lives of disadvantaged children and vulnerable communities.

This year marks the 17th edition of the program, which is hosted in Singapore and six additional markets: China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam.

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