|A child rides pillion on a motorbike in Binh Chanh District, HCM City, in a parade that aimed to raise awareness of the need for children to wear high quality helmets. — VNS Photo
HCM CITY (VNS) — A parade of motorcycles through Binh Chanh District and its surrounding areas kicked off the Helmet for Kids initiative on Wednesday, seeking to raise awareness of the importance of getting high quality helmets for the little ones.
The parade attracted nearly 1,500 children, parents and school officials from Vinh Loc Primary School No.1, representatives of United Parcel Service (UPS), the Asia Injury Prevention (AIP) Foundation and local government officials.
At the launching ceremony, 3,966 helmets were presented to students and teachers at six schools in HCM City.
Mirjam Sidik, chief executive officer of AIP Foundation said "parents across Viet Nam's major cities are putting helmets on their children in increasing numbers."
"In recognition of this monumental shift and the prevalence of below standard helmets on Viet Nam's roads, the programme is expanding to make sure that the helmets children are wearing meet standards," she said.
The difference between a high-quality helmet and a sub-standard one can make the diffrence between life and death, she added.
The Helmet for Kids programme is carried out by the AIP Foundation with funding from UPS. This year, the programme will also include road safety training for teachers and students through extracurricular activities.—VNS