Time: 7AM, 06.08.2016.
Location: Bien Dong park, Vo Nguyen Giap Str., Son Tra Dist.
Registration Fee: 50.000 VND/ person (BIB number)
Registration fee: 200.000 VND/person (BIB number + running t-shirt)
REGISTRATION & DONATE
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Sat 8am – 12nn
Registration fee of 5KM + revenue from selling souvenir shirts + Donation from runners will be donated to Danang Association of Victims of Agent Orange/ Dioxin and Supporting for 10 low income families.
What is agent orange?
Agent Orange is one of the herbicides and defoliants used by the U.S. military as part of its herbicidal warfare program, Operation Ranch Hand, during the Vietnam War from 1961 to 1971. The United States military sprayed nearly 75,700,000 L of chemical herbicides and defoliants in Vietnam, eastern Laos, and parts of Cambodia as part of the aerial defoliation program known as Operation Ranch Hand, the goal was to defoliate rural/forested land, depriving guerrillas of food and cover and clearing sensitive areas such as around base perimeters.
Who is affected?
The government of Vietnam says that 4 million of its citizens were exposed to Agent Orange, and as many as 3 million have suffered illnesses because of it; these figures include the children of people who were exposed. The Red Cross of Vietnam estimates that up to 1 million people are disabled or have health problems due to contaminated Agent Orange. According to a study by a Vietnamese scientist, Dr. Nguyen Viet Nhan, children in the areas where Agent Orange was used have been affected and have multiple health problems, including cleft palate, mental disabilities, hernias, and extra fingers and toes. In the 1970s, high levels of dioxin were found in the breast milk of South Vietnamese women, and in the blood of U.S. military personnel who had served in Vietnam. The most affected zones are the mountainous area along Truong Son (Long Mountains) and the border between Vietnam and Cambodia. The affected residents are living in substandard conditions with many genetic diseases.
What is DAVA objective or projects to support those victims?
The Danang Association of Victims of Agent Orange/dioxin (DAVA) is a social and charitable organization of victims of Agent Orange/dioxin and individuals and groups who live and work in the city and volunteer to make donations and non-material contributions to assist these victims to overcome the consequences. The center caring, nurturing, vocational training and rehabilitation for victims of Agent Orange and misfortune children in boarding form.
DAVA operates to call on all citizen classes and domestic and international benefactors to provide conditions to help AO/dioxin victims to overcome their difficulties, integrate into the community, promote the ability to participate in social activities and work, and contribute to the construction and protection of the socialist Vietnam motherland. Also, DAVA will help and encourage AO/dioxin victims to strive to make progress and care for each other to carry out the duties and benefits of citizenship well, and contribute to building and protecting the socialist Vietnam motherland.
How can donation help?
There are four new projects calling for your help, include teaching and giving vocational training for victims in DAVA, organizing fun activities and sports to enhance the spiritual life for the children. The donations also use to contribute to the improvement of the material and spiritual life for the families of the victims, create job opportunities for family member of victims, and support houses for the families of the victims which don’t have the conditions to build their own houses. In the long term, the project will create the conditions for family living, earn money, no longer looking forward to the help of the community and society.
Please visit: www.vavadanang.org.vn for more information. Charity begins at home, but should not end there! We sincerely hope you can join us to make the world a better place!