The Asian Injury Prevention Foundation (AIP) in coordination with the UPS Foundation on January 9 launched the "Helmets for Kids" initiative to provide helmets for 2,904 students and teachers at four Ho Chi Minh City schools.
At the ceremony launched at Tran Nhan Ton Primary School in Binh Chanh District, volunteers from UPS, a global logistics company, delivered the helmets and instructed students how to wear them properly.
They also administered educational road-safety games and then quizzed students afterward to verify how much they had learned.
"Road safety education is as critical for students as it is to our drivers," said Jeff Mclean, General Manager of UPS Vietnam. "Our staff is excited to take a hands-on role in the "˜Helmet for Kids' program, with more the 29 of our employees volunteering their time in school-based activities."
AIP Foundation goodwill ambassador Dai Nghia said: "As an actor, I've chosen roles in films and comedies that raise the public's awareness on how to prevent traffic accidents. I hope that all parents put helmets on their children every time they ride a motorcycle or bicycle. It is a very simple action which saves lives."
The four schools receiving support from "Helmets for Kids," including Tran Nhan Ton, Tran Van On, Pham Van Chieu and Anh Duong, are located in close proximity to high-risk roads where less than 30 percent of students wear helmets, while most of the rest wear inadequate ones.
According to the AIP, helmets are proven to reduce serious head injuries on the road. Motorbike riders who do not wear helmets are more than four times more likely to suffer head injuries in accidents than those wearing helmets.