Kyiv Mayor Vitaliy Klytschko took part in the 27th Charity Campaign ‘Kyiv Chestnut Run 2019’, according to Ukrinform.
"This run has already become a good tradition for me and thousands of Kyivans! Because we do not imagine our life without active rest, without sports and adrenaline! Moreover, it's a great opportunity to make the world better with such small contribution, and to give a chance to life to children with congenital heart disease and make their parents happier! Because we are taking part in a charity race," said Klytschko, who ran 5 km.
He thanked every participant of the run, who decided to join the charity. So, this year the "Run under Chestnuts" involved more than 18 thousand sports enthusiasts and indifferent people.
Klytschko noted that the event was charitable. Participants contribute to the rescue of children with congenital heart disease. The collected funds will be used to purchase the necessary equipment for the Center for Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiology of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine.
In general the program "Run under the chestnuts" has 7 races: running on the walkers, children's run, sports running, masculinity run, blind run, running with a dog and charitable run. This year, the youngest participant of the run was a 2-month-old girl, with whom her parents ran, and the eldest - a 78-year-old man.
In addition, funds collected from the participants of the blind run and running with a dog will be aimed at supporting children who are being treated at the Institute of Eye Diseases and Clinical Therapy named after V.P. Filatov, the NAMS of Ukraine and the Foundation "Happy Paw" for the purchase of the necessary materials for the animal shelter.
"Run under Chestnuts" is the largest sports and charity event in Ukraine. It has taken place annually since 1993. In recent years, funds collected during the event, are aimed at the purchase of vital medical equipment for the Scientific-Practical Center for Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine. Over 27 years of the "Run under Chestnuts" existence, more than 530 thousand dollars were collected.