15:20 | 24/10/2017 Society
(VEN) - Helmets for Kids expanded its road safety education efforts to Yen Bai province and donated 1,500 high-quality helmets to the school community. The program, which is supported by Johnson & Johnson, celebrated the launch of its sixth year with a ceremony at Au Lau Primary School in Yen Bai Province.
Over 400 students, teachers, and staff from Au Lau Primary School joined student representatives from the six program schools in Yen Bai to kick off the Helmets for Kids program. All six of the new program schools in Yen Bai province are located in high-risk and traffic dense areas along National Highways no. 37 and 32C.
In addition to expanding to Yen Bai province, Helmets for Kids will continue programming in Gia Lai and Quang Nam provinces, providing 20 primary schools in the three provinces with 5,100 quality helmets and road safety education throughout the current school year.
“The six new program schools were selected because of their low rates of quality helmet use and dangerous locations near national highways. “Helmets for Kids” is a meaningful program, which have the overwhelming influence towards communities; help raising awareness on road safety and especially encouraging people to protect their children by providing helmets. The program surely supports National Traffic Safety Committee on calling for donating standard helmets for children from poor household in remote area”, Mr. Nguyen Trong Thai, Chief of Secretariat of National Traffic Safety Committee said.
“Road safety is an essential component of any community. Johnson & Johnson is proud to support the Helmets for Kids program in its efforts to bring sustainable road safety solutions to residents of Yen Bai, Gia Lai, and Quang Nam Provinces,” said Mr. Nguyen Quang Trung, Government Affairs Director, Johnson & Johnson (Vietnam).
In addition to donating helmets, the program provides students with education and activities, such as traffic simulations and road awareness training. Teacher trainings occurred in May of this year in all three provinces of the program. Over the past five years, Johnson & Johnson has donated more than 45,000 helmets to children through the Helmets for Kids program. For its commitment to Helmets for Kids and its work to improve road safety for road users in communities around the world, Johnson & Johnson was recently awarded the BRAKE Fleet Safety Award in the category of “Global Road Safety.”
Mrs. Hoang Thi Na Huong, Deputy General Director of AIP Foundation said: “Due to a lack of awareness, many students and parents don’t know how important it is to wear a good helmet. Pre-implementation evaluations showed that the average helmet-use rate in Yen Bai Province was only 31% and the majority of helmets are substandard, but with proper education and the donation of 1,500 quality helmets through Helmets for Kids, we can impart real change in this community”.