“Making Helmet a Traveling Companion” Contest Kicks Off

The launching meeting of  the "Making Helmet a Traveling Companion" Contest  (Photo: TK)

The Sai Gon Giai Phong Newspaper, in cooperation with the Ho Chi Minh City Committee for Transport Safety and Handicap International Belgium (HIB) held a meeting on May 15 at the Ho Chi Minh City Journalists’ Association office to announce its written contest "Making Helmet a Traveling Companion".

Local and overseas Vietnamese can participate in the contest by writing a 1,500-word text, which could be an essay, a short story, a poem, a critique, a documentation, a piece of research, etc. The contestants will raise their ideas regarding the personal protective equipment and its use in preventing brain injury and its after-effects in traffic accidents.

Speaking at the meeting, Mr. Nguyen Vu Khue, Representative of the Ho Chi Minh City Committee for Transport Safety, appreciated the newspaper’s efforts in promoting the use of helmet via this program. He also promised to call for the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee to offer more support of the newspaper’s programs to raise the public awareness of the use of helmet and improve traffic safety.

Pupils of the Nguyen Binh Khiem Primary School are awarded with helmets by the Asia Injury Prevention Foundation. (Photo: V.H)

Interested readers can send their papers directly to the SGGP Newspaper Office (432-438 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City) or email to antoangiaothongsggp@yahoo.com or nguyenthao@sggp.org.vn .

There will be a first prize, worth VND5 million, two second prizes, worth VND3 million each, three third prizes, worth VND2 million each, and five consolation prizes, worth VND1 million each.

Besides, 20 best papers will be selected by the SGGP Newspaper for awarding royalties. Some will be published on the newspaper’s specialized page for the Transport Safety Campaign.

The contest will last until November 30, 2006 and the summarizing-awarding ceremony will be held in December.

The meeting was attended by Mr. Nguyen Vu Khue, Representative of the Ho Chi Minh City Committee for Transport Safety, Designer Si Hoang, Ms. Le Hong Hue, Representative of Handicap International Belgium (HIB), an independent organization that ensures disabled people to be able to regain their independence and their place in society, particularly in countries with difficult living conditions.

Reported by Trong Khuong

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