January 9, 2013
On January 9, 2013, Tran Nhan Ton Primary School in Binh Chanh district, Ho Chi Minh City and the Asia Injury Prevention (AIP) Foundation hosted a kick-off ceremony to launch the Helmets for Kids (HFK) initiative sponsored by The UPS Foundation for 2,904 students and teachers at Tran Nhan Ton, Tran Van On, Pham Van Chieu, and Anh Duong primary schools in Ho Chi Minh City.
Volunteers from UPS assisted in the program by instructing students how to wear a helmet correctly, playing educational road-safety games with students, and participating in the helmet delivery ceremony.
To the great excitement of the students, AIP Foundation goodwill ambassador Đai Nghia attended the ceremony to speak out about the importance of helmets for children.
The schools supported by UPS and Helmets for Kids are located in close proximity to high-risk roads. More than 80% of students commute to school by motorcycle or bicycle, yet student helmet wearing rates are approximately 30%, and of those wearing helmets, most are sub-standard quality.
The ceremony was also attended by Ho Chi Minh City Department of Education and Training representative Mr. Tran Khac Huy, Ho Chi Minh City Traffic Police, District 12 People’s Committee, and 26 primary school principals invited by Binh Chanh District People’s Committee.
Read the press release in English and Vietnamese, and check out the photos!