Abbott donates helmets to elementary students
Abbott Company has announced its donation of thousands of helmets to elementary students in HCMC in 2017. The donation is part of a project to provide standard helmets to families in Vietnam.
A launching event of the program was held last week at Nhi Xuan Elementary School in the outskirt district of Hoc Mon in HCMC. This year, beneficiaries of the project are students of four elementary schools in Hoc Mon.
Nguyen Minh, head of the student’s department of the HCMC Department of Education and Training, said that students in Hoc Mon have to suffer the highest risks when in traffic circulation due to the district’s crowded traffic near Tan Phu Trung Industrial Park.
“We expect the helmet donation project would help provide knowledge and skills of safe traffic and to raise people’s awareness on the use of standard helmets,” Minh added.
Statistics from the project’s management board shows that only 30% among students in Hoc Mon wear helmets when riding to schools while the average ratio of children in HCMC wearing helmets is 48%. Furthermore, only 1.3% of parents in the survey have knowledge on helmet wearing standards.
This is the fourth year the project has been carried out in Vietnam. So far, its has donated over 17,600 helmets to students and teachers and has helped change more than 12,600 bad quality helmets for parents at 15 schools in HCMC, Tra Vinh and Hanoi.
This year, the organizers expect to have more activities to raise people’s awareness and skills of wearing helmet and to donate 4,700 standard helmets to students and teachers and to change 900 poor quality helmets in HCMC and Hanoi.