Prince Michael of Kent presents Road Safety Award in Vietnam

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Prince Michael of Kent visits students at the Van Phuc primary school in Hanoi
Vietnam Television (VTV) has been granted the Prince Michael International Road Safety Award in recognition of its positive contributions to road safety awareness in Vietnam.
As a government-owned television program, VTV plays a vital role in disseminating information to the public, the traffic safety NGO Asia Injury Prevention (AIP) Foundation said in a statement on February 28.
“The program provides instant updates on new government traffic regulations and hosts traffic safety-themed television segments such as “Traffic Story on Sunday,” in addition to its annual broadcast commemorating the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims,” it said.
Prince Michael also attended a kick-off ceremony at Van Phuc primary school in Hanoi to launch AIP Foundation’s “Helmets for Kids” program.
More than 1,100 helmets paid for by the FIA Foundation were provided to students and teachers at Van Phuc on the occasion.
Prince Michael visited road safety activity booths organized by AIP Foundation and talked with students about the importance of road safety. Activities included helmet decorating, traffic sign memorization games, and bicycling practice.
"Improving road safety and reducing casualties requires permanent vigilance, regular reinforcement of messages, and constant innovation. All of these factors are evident in Vietnam’s approach, and I applaud Vietnam’s strong commitment to building on its road safety achievements,” Prince Michael said.
The “Helmets for Kids” program was initiated by Mr. Greig Craft, President of AIP Foundation, in 2000. To date, the program has distributed more than 500,000 helmets throughout Vietnam and other countries in Southeast Asia.
FIA Foundation, a UK-based charity, is the primary sponsor of the “Helmets for Kids” program at Van Phuc primary school. In 2013, the charity paid for more than 21,000 helmets at 19 schools in Vietnam through the “Helmets for Kids” program.
FIA Foundation supports road safety initiatives worldwide as part of the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020. Alongside road safety programs, FIA Foundation promotes environmental and sustainable mobility and funds road-related research.
Saul Billingsley, Director General of FIA Foundation, said: “We are committed to ongoing collaboration with government and non-profit organizations in Vietnam in order to reach our long-term goal: creating a new generation fully equipped with the knowledge and skills to stay safe on the road.”

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