Prudence Foundation, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and Cartoon Network team up to present safety information in a fun and innovative way
awareness programme, which will be rolled out across Asia, comprises a series
of videos in three categories:
Disasters, First Aid and Road Safety
CHINA - Media OutReach -
5 July 2019 - Parents will be able to breathe more easily knowing
that The Powerpuff Girls, We Bare Bears and The Amazing World of Gumball are on
hand to save the day by teaching their children survival and life saving tips. SAFE
STEPS Kids, a new safety awareness programme developed by Prudence Foundation in
partnership with Cartoon Network and International Federation of Red Cross and
Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), has officially launched today. The programme aims
to equip millions of children across Asia with actionable information designed
to save lives in the event of emergencies or disaster situations.
In 2014, Manny
Pacquiao, international boxing champion and humanitarian,
helped launch the successful, more adult-focused SAFE STEPS programme, which
sought to enhance disaster preparedness and awareness by providing vital survival
tips in response to natural disasters. Since then, the programme has expanded
to cover other critical topics including Road Safety, which features Michelle
Yeoh, international renowned actress and Global Road Safety Ambassador for UN
Decade of Action for Road Safety, and First Aid, which features a lifeguard
from Bali, a Red Cross Volunteer from Singapore and a doctor from the
Philippines, to raise safety awareness and provide educational information to
help save lives.
Foundation's SAFE STEPS programme is aiming to reach a younger generation with
the help of Cartoon Network's well-loved cartoon characters. SAFE STEPS Kids includes
a series of kid-centric, practical and easy-to-understand tips through a medium
they know and love.
Executive Director, Prudence Foundation, said, "Globally, around 3.5 million
people die every year due to unintentional injuries. Arguably, children are at
even greater risk of harm than adults, so it is vital that they know how to
stay safe and react to emergencies. Through SAFE STEPS Kids, we aim to build a
more resilient community and future generation."
SAFE STEPS Kids comprises
a series of 12 50-second public service announcements. Each video features a
set of characters from a well-known Cartoon Network series who will anchor the
storytelling process to raise awareness and provide educational information. The
messages, which address three types of key life-threating issues, are approved
category of videos to launch focuses on Disasters, featuring the irrepressible
superhero trio, The Powerpuff Girls. Later in the year, the First Aid episodes
will be rolled out, featuring We Bare
Bears; followed by videos on Road Safety featuring characters from The Amazing World of Gumball.
Castellanos, Regional Director of IFRC Asia Pacific said, "As part of our
collective commitment to develop a culture of safety across Asia, SAFE STEP
Kids programme is a great opportunity to boost the critical work that IFRC and
its national societies have been carrying out through school safety or
humanitarian education, including on disaster risk reduction and health
The videos will
be hosted on the SAFE STEPS Kids website ( www.safestepskids.com ) and complement
a series of collaterals that will be distributed to schools and communities
across the country.
Leslie Lee, Vice
President of Cartoon Network in Asia Pacific, added: "This unique partnership
uses characters from shows that are really well loved across the region. As the
leading kids' channel in Asia, Cartoon Network can create content that helps make
this important message resonate with kids and their parents. Once again, the
day is saved thanks to The Powerpuff Girls...with help from their friends from The
Amazing World of Gumball and We Bare Bears."
will air on Cartoon Network in eight markets: Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore,
Indonesia, Thailand, Taiwan, Vietnam and the Philippines, and on Cartoon
Network's social and online video platforms, websites and apps, including Cartoon
Network Watch and Play.
videos here: https://www.safestepskids.com/disasters and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5NDOzMv7j0
About Prudence Foundation
Prudence Foundation is the community investment arm of
Prudential in Asia*. Its mission is to secure the future of communities by
enhancing education, health and safety. The Foundation runs regional programmes
as well as local programmes in partnership with NGOs, governments and the
private sector in order to maximise the impact of its efforts. Prudence
Foundation leverages Prudential's long-term mindset and geographical scale to
make communities safer, more secure and more resilient. The Foundation is a Hong
Kong registered charitable entity.
For more information please visit: www.prudencefoundation.com
*Prudential Corporation Asia is a business unit of
Prudential plc of the United Kingdom. Neither Prudential Corporation Asia nor
Prudential plc are affiliated in any manner with Prudential Financial, Inc., a
company whose principal place of business is in the United States of America.
In Taiwan and Korea, Prudential Corporation Asia trades under the PCA name for
its insurance business. Its asset management business in Asia operates under
the name Eastspring Investments.
About Cartoon Network Asia Pacific
Cartoon Network, the number one kids' channel in Asia Pacific, offers
the best in original animated content including the multi-award-winning global
hits Ben 10, The Powerpuff Girls, Teen
Titans Go!, OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes,
Adventure Time and We Bare Bears.
Cartoon Network is available in 29 countries throughout Asia Pacific and
is currently seen in more than 135 million pay-TV homes. Internationally, it is
seen in 192 countries and over 400 million homes, and is an industry leader
with a global offering of the best in award-winning animated entertainment for
kids and families.
The brand is known for putting its fans at the centre of everything by
applying creative thinking and innovation across multiple platforms. Cartoon
Network also reaches millions more through its websites, games and apps,
including Cartoon Network Watch and Play.
Cartoon Network, companion brand to Boomerang and POGO, is created and
distributed by Turner, a WarnerMedia company.
For more information please visit: www.cartoonnetworkasia.com
About International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC)
IFRC is the world's largest
humanitarian network, comprising 190 National Red Cross and Red Crescent
Societies working to save lives and promote dignity around the world.
For more information
please visit: www.ifrc.org