AIP Foundation donates helmets for Vietnamese children

By Minh Hung, Thanh Nien News

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Children at Dong Nai Province's Hung Loc Primary School wearing helmets donated by AIP Foundation at a ceremony to launch 2014's Helmets for Kids program
The Asia Injury Prevention (AIP) Foundation has donated helmets for more than 4,000 students and teachers at three primary schools in Ha Tinh, Quang Binh and Dong Nai provinces from April 28-29.
The helmets were sponsored by Johnson & Johnson for the third year accompanying AIP Foundation’s Helmets for Kids program, which is going to donate 6,000 helmets for newly enrolled students in September.
Nguyen Trong Thai, chief secretariat of the National Traffic Safety Committee said the dangerous national highways that run through Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, and Dong Nai provinces present a hazard to our children.
“We call for continued partnership among the provincial authorities and relevant stakeholders, including the private sector, to improve the child helmet use along these high-risk corridors,” he said.
According to actor Dai Nghia, AIP Foundation’s goodwill ambassador, road injury is the second cause of death for children aged 5 to 14 in Vietnam.
“In collaboration with the Helmets for Kids program, I hope to help remind young motorcycle passengers and the adults that they must always wear a helmet.”
“The scale of road crash injuries and fatalities among our children is inexcusable and can be prevented with a helmet.”
Truong Thi Kim Hue, deputy director of Dong Nai Department of Education and Training, said the cost of a helmet that meets the national standard is a barrier for many parents in rural, low-income areas to purchase, especially as they believe that their child will outgrow the helmet quickly.
“Through this strategic partnership with the private sector, we are very glad to see another 10,057 students and teachers protecting themselves with quality helmets and be safer as they get to and from school.”
Since 2012, through this successful school-based program, Johnson & Johnson has donated more than 32,000 helmets across 39 schools, increasing the helmet use rate from 25 percent to 95 percent by the end of 2013.

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