16:37 | 18/05/2018 Society
(VEN) - AIP Foundation’s Helmets for Families program, supported by Abbott, emphasized the importance of road safety for children by hosting the “Children Have Fun With Road Safety” festival at Tan Phu Trung Primary School in Cu Chi District, Ho Chi Minh City.
This is the fifth year that Helmets for Families, supported by the global healthcare company Abbott and in partnership with the National Traffic Safety Committee (NTSC), Ministry of Education and Training (MoET), and local traffic authorities, is being implemented to encourage quality helmet use among students and their parents.
As part of the Helmets for Families program, over 1,100 children attended the festival, which included road safety games, performances and helmet-wearing demonstrations to reinforce previous road safety interventions by AIP Foundation at project schools. In addition to games and performances, a doctor from Cho Ray Hospital spoke to students about the importance of wearing quality helmets.
This year’s Helmets for Families program aims to engage school staff, parents, and students on a deeper level by collaborating with health professionals to carry key road safety messages based on their experiences working with road crash victims. Six billboards were posted around focus areas, and more than 15,000 handheld fans were distributed to parents from six target primary schools and customers (victims and families' victims) at Cu Chi and Hoc Mon District Hospitals and Cho Ray Hospital.
“Helmets for Families” program focuses on children, their parents and communities to create a sustainable culture of road safety for society. That’s why Abbott is proud to continue supporting innovative approaches of the program to providing road safety education and awareness”, said Do Thai Vuong, Public Affairs Director of Abbott.
Beyond working with health professionals in hospitals, Helmets for Families has donated nearly 4,000 helmets to students this school year. Furthermore, 876 parents of program school students have participated in helmet exchanges, trading their substandard helmets for high-quality, certified ones at subsidized costs. Information sessions were also held in conjunction with helmet exchanges to educate members on the difference between standard and substandard helmets, and why helmet use is crucial for both adults and children. Since 2013, Abbott has provided 21,654 helmets to students and teachers and 14,172 helmets for parents via subsidized exchanges.
“Children play a crucial role in promoting road safety awareness among their peers and family members,” said Mirjam Sidik, CEO of AIP Foundation. “Creative activities like the festival help encourage children to view road safety as a fun challenge, not just a chore.”