By The Nation
This year, runners can choose to “make a difference” by joining either the Park Run event or the Virtual Park Run. All proceeds will go to support the cost of surgery for young patients with heart diseases.
“For the last 10 years, TMB has partnered with ING for the Parkrun and for the last 5 years, the objective of this event has been on encouraging runners and donors to support surgery costs through purchasing tickets and donating money to help kids with heart problems. Each year, more than 7,500 children are born with heart conditions and are waiting for surgery. Today, as always, there are many patients waiting for help under the care of the Cardiac Children Foundation of Thailand under the royal patronage of HRH Princess Galyani Vadhana,” said Piti Tantakasem, chief executive of TMB, adding that the event has raised funds to save more than 1,200 youngsters.
“As a representative of ING, I’m proud to be a part of this project and I want to invite everyone to join. The public can join the event in different ways, from buying a ticket to join the Park Run to run at the event, or trying the Virtual Park Run. Donors can also take part in the #GoodForHeart activity,” said Eileen Lau, managing director and head of Corporate Communications, ING Bank Asia.
The Park Run will be held on December 15 and participants will run through three beautiful parks, Chatuchak Park, Queen Sirikit Park, and Vachirabenjatas Park (Suan Rot Fai), in the heart of Bangkok. There are three distances available: 2.6 km, 5.2 km, and 10.5 km.”
The Virtual Park Run allows runners to run at any park and at any time between November 15 and December 15. TMB will donate an additional Bt1 million if the accumulated running distance of the participating Virtual Park Runners exceeds 100,000 km. Participating runners will receive a medal posted to them after the event.
Tickets for both running categories are available from today at https://parkrun.tmbfoundation.or.th for Bt600. All ticket holders will a light-weight, comfortable and ecofriendly zeroH2O running shirt. The shirts will be sent via post. Those who wish to donate money can do so via the website.
Runners and donors will receive a receipt via email which can be used for tax deduction.