Monday, 14 January 2013

UPS begins helmet handover in Cambodia and Vietnam


UPS staff help children adjust helmets. Photo copyright: AIP Foundation

The UPS Foundation, a Global Supporter of the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety, has donated motorcycle crash helmets to children at high risk schools in Cambodia and Vietnam. UPS Foundation has committed to providing $450,000 over the next 3 years in support to the 'Helmets for Kids' programme managed by the AIP Foundation, in a partnership announced at the Clinton Global Initiative.
In Vietnam, helmets were handed over at the first of four schools to participate in the UPS philanthropic initiative during 2013. "Road safety education is as critical for students as it is to our drivers," said Jeff Mclean, General Manager of UPS Vietnam. "Our staff is excited to take a hands-on role in the Helmet for Kids program, with more the 29 of our employees volunteering their time in school-based activities."
In Cambodia, the country's education minister joined representatives of UPS and other dignitaries to hand over more than 900 helmets at the first of three schools to participate in 2013. In total around 8000 motorcycle crash helmets will be distributed this year in Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam through the UPS Foundation's support.

H.E. IM Sethy, Minister of Education, Youth, and Sport for the Kingdom of Cambodia thanked the UPS Foundation for their contribution in his speech at the handover ceremony."Helmets for Kids contributes to efforts to promote safer behavior among vulnerable road users, especially child motorcycle passengers, and is also in line with the government's goal to reduce road crashes to a minimum level. I encourage teachers and parents together to set a positive example for children by wearing helmets on motorcycles and by respecting the traffic law. We do not want to see our loved ones suffer injuries, life-long disabilities persons, or premature death."

Attending the Cambodia helmet handover ceremony Saul Billingsley, Director of the Road Safety Fund, said: "It is great to see UPS Foundation's support for the UN Decade of Action expanding to include this partnership with 'Helmets for Kids'. This is an initiative which has deep roots in local communities and is proven to protect children from road injury".

See more photos of the events below (all photos copyright: AIP Foundation):
Red Ramirez, UPS Asia Pacific, (left), AIP President Greig Craft (centre) and Education minister IM Sethy (right) hand out helmets at the Cambodian event
Jeff Maclean, UPS Vietnam, interviewed by media

Guests arrive at the Vietnam launch