Insurance company American International Group (AIG) donated 1,925 helmets to students and teachers at the Trung Vuong Primary School in Hanoi on Tuesday.
The donation was made through the Asia Injury Prevention (AIP) Foundation’s road safety initiative Helmets for Kids in collaboration with the National Traffic Safety Committee and the Ministry of Education and Training.
AIP Foundation President Greig Craft said the donations will lead to increased helmet use and road safety awareness within schools and their surrounding communities.
Susan Loftus, AIG Vietnam CEO and general director, said the helmet donation is part of AIG’s global initiative of "Make the World a Safer Place”.
“AIG has served Vietnam for over 20 years and we believe that by working with the government, schools, and cities we can achieve fewer road crash fatalities and injuries across Vietnam,” she said.
At the ceremony, Khuat Viet Hung, vice chairman of the National Traffic Safety Committee, said many parents still don't see a need to buy their kids helmets for a number of reasons, including misconceptions about their significance or even cost.
“Today, we are emphasizing the importance of helmets for both the children and parents of Trung Vuong Primary School while also breaking down the cost barrier by providing an entire school with helmets,” he said.
Helmets for Kids is AIP Foundation’s signature program and was launched by former US President Bill Clinton on November 19, 2000.
It provides school children and teachers quality helmets and road safety education with funding provided by numerous individuals, private businesses and organizations.
To date, the program has distributed more than 500,000 helmets throughout Southeast Asia.