From the 13th July to the 12th August 2017, the Asian Turtle Program (ATP) of Indo-Myanmar Conservation (IMC) worked with the Youth Union of local communes surrounding Dong Mo Lake near Hanoi in Vietnam to organize football matches for local children. The football is used as a way to promote conservation of the world’s rarest turtle, the Hoan Kiem turtle (Rafetus swinhoei).
A total of 15 teams, with seven 11-14 years old each, from 15 villages in two communes enjoyed the matches. This event have received great attention from local people with each match watched by approximately 600-700 spectators .
“This is the third kids football matches held in Yen Bai and Kim Son communes to raise awareness and promote conservation work of Rafetus swinhoei in these priority communities. Similar to others community activities, this event is increasingly getting more local attentions, a good thing for our community activity efforts”, said Nguyen Tai Thang, Rafetus project field officer.
Press release by: Hoang Van Ha – ATP/IMC.
Date: 15th September 2017