Australian road safety group donates helmets to Vietnamese children

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Students at Hai Duong Province's Ai Quoc Primary School receive helmets under the Helmets for Kids program

ARRB Group, one of Australia's most trusted advisors on road safety technical input, returned to Ai Quoc Primary School in Hai Duong on November 18 for a Helmets for Kids helmet top-off ceremony.

During the ceremony, ARRB donated 190 helmets to first graders, new teachers, and students in second through fifth grade who have outgrown, lost, or damaged the helmets that they previously received from the company's helmet handover last March.

Ai Quoc Primary School is located in Hai Duong, along National Road 5 and near a railroad. Proximity to this main road and weak traffic infrastructure combine to create a dangerous environment for students arriving at and leaving the school.

Ninety percent of students commute to and from school by motorcycle and bicycle, and prior to last year's helmet handover, helmet use rates were observed at zero percent.

"After ARRB's donation last year, helmets became a permanent part of our school uniform," said Nguyen Thi Quyen Oanh, Principal of Ai Quoc Primary School. "This top-off allows our new class of first graders to join in two important school traditions: helmet use and safe road behaviors."

Activities at the ceremony included traffic safety and child helmet use training for students and teachers, student performances, and remarks by community, school, and sponsor representatives.

A photo exhibition with a road safety theme was also organized along with a helmet training game teaching students how to properly wear their new helmets.

"We at ARRB Group work every day to expand road safety knowledge and solve issues on the world's roads," said Paul Hillier, a national technical leader at ARRB, said.

"Helmets are an affordable and effective solution to the global crisis of road traffic fatalities. We hope that our work with Helmets for Kids empowers future generations with road safety and helmet use knowledge that they will keep for the rest of their lives."

Follow-up activities will be organized to maintain high helmet use rates, including a billboard to be installed at the school gates reminding parents to ensure that their children are wearing their helmets correctly before driving away from the school.

Extra-curricular and in-class activities will continue to be held throughout the year to keep students' road safety knowledge fresh.

The helmets for Kids program is initiated by the NGO Asian Injury Prevention Foundation.

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