Swing for the Kids

September 04, 2023 | 16:51
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The upcoming Swing for the Kids charity golf event is highlighting the work of the Ministry of Planning and Investment in supporting disadvantaged people over the years.

Swing for the Kids, which will take place in October, has been backed by the ministry (MPI) since its inception in 2007. Through the event, scholarships are awarded that are prioritised for individuals who exhibit a resolute spirit in overcoming adversity, attaining notable academic achievements, and upholding commendable moral values.

Swing for the Kids
Swing for the Kids

Earlier this year, almost 400 underprivileged students in Ha Tinh and Nghe An provinces were able to buy books and learning tools to start a new school year through scholarships awarded in the framework of the MPI's annual working trip to Ho Chi Minh's hometown.

The MPI also selected eight vulnerable groups to support from 2018, combining Kymviet, Vun Art, and Tam Ngoc Cooperative. It has held many community development programmes, including one which has provided over 21,000 canes for blind people up and down the country.

Nguyen Thi Bich Ngoc, Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment, said, “Vietnam’s vulnerable population has about six million people and they have received special attention from society, the Party and state, the government, and the business community. Disadvantaged people are part of society’s labour force and contribute to the common achievements of Vietnam.”

Via such programmes, the MPI expects that with the support of society, disadvantaged people can look for a job to support their families. People who have business capacity can establish startup companies to help other people in vulnerable communities. The MPI also looks to sponsor VND100 million ($4,300) for feasible startup ideas.

“Vietnam has been strongly implementing three national target programmes on sustainable poverty reduction, rural development, and socioeconomic development in ethnic minority and mountainous areas," deputy minister Ngoc said. "The country has also been mobilising all stakeholders in achieving implementation of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals, with a focus on disadvantaged and vulnerable communities, to alleviate poverty and reduce inequality.”

Over the course of 16 years, the Swing for the Kids event has successfully raised over $745,000, with the funds utilised to provide more than 18,000 scholarships to underprivileged students, enabling them to overcome hardship and pursue their educational endeavours.

Additionally, the contributions have been directed towards the enhancement and refurbishment of educational facilities in 40 cities and provinces nationwide, further enhancing the learning environment for countless students.

Via the scholarships, many students are given the strength to graduate and get stable jobs, contributing to reinforcing the skilled labour force for society.

VIR tees up 'Swing For the Kids' VIR tees up 'Swing For the Kids'

An annual charity golf tournament organised by VIR is ready to tee off on October 21 with the objective of bringing opportunity and hope to talented but disadvantaged students across the country. This year’s 'Swing for the Kids' event will be held at the Kings Course, hosted by BRG Kings Island Golf Resort in Dong Mo, Son Tay district, Hanoi. The registration fee is VND3.5 million ($147.6) per golfer.

By Kim Oanh

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