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DuPont promotes Road Safety Awareness

HCM City, September 5, 2009

DuPont Vietnam recently sponsors the Helmet for Kids program providing 200 safety helmets and road safety education to the students at Lam Son Secondary School in District 6, Ho Chi Minh City. Although the Helmets for Kids program has been in existence in Vietnamese primary schools for nearly ten years, the September 5th ceremony sponsored by DuPont Vietnam was a landmark event because it was the first official Helmets for Kids program at a secondary school.
Lam Son Secondary School was chosen for this momentous occasion because it is located
at the interchange between the city center and roads leading to the western provinces.


 
 

These conditions make heavy traffic from trucks, vans, and cars near school gates, exacerbating existing congestion caused by a high motorbike population. The students who received helmets at the DuPont Vietnam-sponsored ceremony were chosen because they are high-achieving children from low-income families. As a result, their parents cannot afford to provide them with acceptable headgear, inadvertently putting them at risk for potentially fatal head injuries.

After visiting Lam Son Secondary School, it was clear to Mr. Tan Lam Chuan, General Director of DuPont Vietnam that investing in injury prevention for these students translates to an investment in the future of Vietnam’s youth. “One of the groups of people that are the most vulnerable on the roads is children, and we would like to create their awareness of wearing a good quality helmet which is important part of traffic safety,” said Mr. Tan Lam Chuan.

DuPont had organized this program in collaboration with Asia Prevention Injury Foundation and with the support of DuPont Community Fund.

DuPont Vietnam General Director Tan Lam Chuan (first left) with Lam Son School leader; local officers and students at the Safety Helmets ceremony.  
   

The students are wearing safety helmets provided by DuPont Vietnam