October 21st, 2018 Luang Prabang – Over a thousand runners will journey to the UNESCO World Heritage town of Luang Prabang and run 21 kilometers in support of the Run for Children Luang Prabang Half Marathon, sponsored by Lao Ford City.
The team also booked a table for 10 at a Charity Gala with contributions going to the hospital. Held the night before the run, Her Royalty Princess Beatrice of York also attended the Gala.
Lao Ford City will be providing a Ranger XL and XLT to transport volunteers throughout the weekend. In addition, Dilip Jesuth, General Manager of Automotive at Lao Ford City will join the marathon in support of the cause.
All proceeds from the event are going to Lao Friends Hospital for Children (LFHC). LFHC was started in 2015 by Friends Without Borders, a non-profit organization that world-famous photographer Kenro Izu founded in 1996. Kenro’s motto, “treat every patient as if they were your own child,” is a core principle of LFHC.
Since its inception, LFHC has been providing free medical care to over 15,000 children annually. Laos faces the highest under-5 mortality rate in Southeast Asia, with one in every 15 children not reaching their fifth birthday. LFHC aims to help combat this by providing comprehensive medical care, including a neonatal unit, inpatient and outpatient departments, an operating theater and a pharmacy. It’s also a teaching hospital, providing medical education for district medical professionals and its staff.
“The work that LFHC does is truly inspiring. Their staff are on the ground saving dozens of lives each day. Contributing to the Luang Prabang Half Marathon is the perfect way to bring one of our core values, compassionate care, into fruition. The issue of accessible health care for children strikes a chord with the entire Lao Ford City team,” stated Chakkaphonh Malabandith, Sales and Operation Manager, RMA Group Laos Ford City.
Lao Ford City’s contributions to the Luang Prabang Half Marathon will go towards ensuring LFHC can continually provide medical care to patients in need.