Charity cyclo race returns for better education for disadvantaged kids

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The 12th annual charity Saigon Cyclo Challenge in Ho Chi Minh City aims to exceed last year's raised funds of VND735 million (US$35,000).

Based on the success in 2011, the organizers Saigon Children's Charity again plan to make the March 10 race free for the audience to make it a real community event.

The cyclo race is open only to gold sponsors and members of the charity.

It will be a relay race of ten teams with four riders in each team, two teams at a time and the four fastest teams qualify for the semi-final and the winner of each semi-final will go on to the final.

As of February 20, the event had attracted eight gold sponsors who donated VND105 million (US$5,000) each, including HSBC and Megastar Cineplex.

It will also sell raffle tickets to the more than 1,000 people expected to come along to watch it.

Every year the event supports more than 3,500 children through activities such as building schools, providing training in English, computer skills, art, photography, hairdressing, and hospitality, and awarding scholarships.

The event will start at 8:30 a.m. at The Crescent, Phu My Hung, District 7, and also feature educational games for children, an entertainment area, besides food.

Attractive prizes are on offer to the winners of the race and the lucky draw. All will be provided by the event's organizers such as roundtrip flight tickets to Hong Kong from United Vietnam, and stay and massage packages at Windsor Plaza.

The cyclo was chosen since it is non-polluting and a Vietnamese tourism icon, according to the organizers.

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