|Primary school children receive Protec helmets on Thursday (Photo: Tuong Thuy)|
TNT-Vietrans Express Worldwide Ltd. have donated 1,785 more crash helmets to pupils in Ho Chi Minh City in Viet Nam’s Helmets for Kids Program, which is designed to allocate helmets and expose children to the importance of traffic safety at an early age.
The company, a joint venture between TNT Express Worldwide and Viet Nam’s Vietrans, handed out 500 crash helmets to Bong Sao 1 Primary School in District 8 on Thursday and the 1,285 others to Tran Quoc Tuan Primary School in Tan Binh District on Friday.
Also in the Helmets for Kids Program, initiated by the Ha Noi-based Asia Injury Prevention Foundation, TNT-Vietrans had donated almost 1,600 crash helmets to Ha Noi pupils earlier this year.
Asia Injury’s mission is to reduce the rising number of traffic fatalities in developing Asian countries, starting in Viet Nam, and to raise awareness of their social, economic, and human impact.
The foundation established Protec, a nonprofit manufacturer that produces high quality, affordable helmets designed for Asian riders. Asia Injury has distributed over 150,000 Protec helmets to primary school children throughout Viet Nam, and this has been made possible by the generosity of 23 corporate sponsors, including TNT-Vietrans.
The foundation has also developed a traffic safety education curriculum, recognized by the Ministry of Education and Training as an official teaching material for primary schools in the country.
Former US President Bill Clinton launched "Helmets for Kids" officially in November 2000 in Ho Chi Minh City.