This morning, a press conference announcing the start of Swing for the Kids 2017, which seeks to raise funds for underprivileged pupils and students with excellent academic records, took place at Vietnam Investment Review head office in Hanoi. Scheduled for Saturday, April 22, 2017, the 11th Swing for the Kids tournament will be held at King’s Island Golf Course in Son Tay District, about 36 kilometres from the centre of Hanoi.
The shotgun start will begin at 12am. The event is expected to attract about 150 golfers. The awards ceremony will he held on the same day on 6pm at the Kings’ Island Golf Club.
In the opening speech, VIR editor-in-chief Le Trong Minh expressed gratitude to all sponsors. “Like in the previous 10 years, since the first tee-off in 2007, Swing for the Kids 2017 continues to be a sport event drawing active support from kind hearts across the country and promising successive successes along the course of raising more and more scholarships, thus enabling underprivileged pupils and students to overcome adversity and reach further good marks in study,” he said.
At the press conference, two poor but excellent fourth-year students, Le Van Tu from Hanoi Pedagogical University and Thao Seo Si from Thai Nguyen University of Agriculture and Forestry, were given full scholarships of VND10 million ($463) each.
“In the past four years, the scholarship serves as a source of aspiration helping me to overcome difficulties and achieve good academic results. By virtue of this valued support, I have a chance to realise the dream of becoming a teacher after graduation and teach right in my home province,” said Le Van Tu, who comes from the north-central province of Nghe An.
This year, Samsung Electronics Vietnam remains the Diamond Sponsor, Vingroup JSC the Platinium Sponsor while KinderWorld and Coca Cola Vietnam the Gold Sponsors.
BRG Group and SeABank participate as the tournament’s co-organisers in tandem with VIR and the Ministry of Planning and Investment’s Foreign Investment Agency.
The Swing for the Kids is also joined by diverse media sponsors such as VTV, Dan Tri, Vietnam Economic Times, Golf Vietnam Magazine, VOVnews, among others.
Kicked-off in June 2007, Swing for the Kids has thus far given over 13,500 scholarships worth VND11.8 billion ($536,300) to poor but excellent pupils and students while also helping upgrade numerous training and education facilities in 40 cities and provinces nationwide.
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