Monday, 30 January 2012

Donor Forum

The Road Safety Fund is partnering with the Commission for Global Road Safety to organise a Decade of Action Policy and Donor Forum on 2nd May  2012 in New York City. The Forum will bring senior policymakers and institutional, corporate and philanthropic donors to the Decade of Action for Road Safety. The Forum will also host the announcement of the first annual ‘Decade of Action Award’ by the Commission for Global Road Safety and HRH Prince Michael of Kent. More details, including keynote speakers, will be published here soon.

Friday, 27 January 2012

See the light

Coreflect has become a corporate Supporter of the Decade of Action, donating 30,000 reflectors to the Road Safety Fund. A leading manufacturer of safety reflectors, Coreflect's mission is to help keep child pedestrians visible and safe on the roads. As this video demonstrates, reflective clothing, strips or badges can make a big difference to visibility. As long as we have a situation where only one in five streets in some cities have a pavement, two thirds of countries don't legislate for safe speed limits in urban areas, and safe crossing places are few and far between, being seen can help children be safe.

Monday, 23 January 2012

Senegal Score

The Senegal national football team have given their support to the Decade of Action ahead of the African Cup of Nations tournament. Several members of the team, including last season's top scorer in French Ligue 1 Moussa Sow (right), wore the road safety Tag and urged all participants and fans to stay safe on the roads. See more at Make Roads Safe.

Saturday, 14 January 2012

Holiday helmet delivery

UPS, a Global Supporter of the Decade of Action, has provided 1870 motorcycle crash helmets to children at a school in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The donation was part of the 'Helmets for Kids' programme run by the Asia Injury Prevention Foundation, which sees corporates, governments and philanthropies sponsoring helmets for children for whom a motorcycle is the daily family transport. The helmet handover was timed ahead of the annual Tet holiday, but Jeff Maclean, General Manager of UPS Vietnam, says: " We urge all Vietnamese children to wear helmets all year long". See here for more and watch a film of the event here. 

Monday, 9 January 2012

The Vinci Code

A major safety awareness campaign has been carried out in France by Fondation Vinci Autoroutes, a Supporter of the Decade of Action. The foundation, established by the French toll road operator, distributed thousands of leaflets , provided advice and conducted research with HGV truckers at reststops on autoroutes. The campaign 'Big Trucks, Big Responsibilities', highlighting safe driving advice to truckers, was managed in partnership with the traffic police. The leaflets all featured the Decade 'Tag' symbol. As well as keeping European truckers safe, Fondation Vinci Autoroutes is contributing to the global road safety effort - its donation will be deployed as part of the Road Safety Fund's Small Grants Programme enabling capacity development in middle and low income countries.

Saturday, 7 January 2012

Canadian collaboration

The Canadian Public Health Association has become a  non-governmental Institutional Partner of the Road Safety Fund. The CPHA is a not-for-profit, voluntary association representing the public health community in Canada, with strong international connections. The CPHA and the Road Safety Fund have agreed to work together to identify potential funding partners in order to support the implementation of road injury prevention programs in developing countries.