Denmark behind pro-helmet contest in Vietnam

Remember your helmet when you enter the traffic, this is the message to thousand of Vietnamese who participated in the contest.
The contest was held by the AIP Foundation in co-operation with National Traffic Safety Committee and the Vietnam Helmet Wearing Coalition and the Asia Injury Prevention (AIP) Foundation, which organised the ceremony, gave away VND30 million in prizes and free helmets for six of the 50 short-listed entries displayed at the Lan Anh Music Centre in HCM City.
The three-month contest, which attracted more than 15,000 people nationwide, aimed to increase awareness of the need for children to wear helmets and to promote the practice in a country where motorbikes dominate road traffic.
Peter Lysholt Hansen, Danish ambassador in Viet Nam and major campaign sponsor, said the contest will make people “familiar with the sight of children with helmets in ordinary situations”.
Nguyen Vinh Hien, the winner of the contest, said that most important aspect of the contest was that “the photographs show young people that wearing helmets can be very beautiful and fashionable, as well as simply a smart decision”.
The Asia Injury Prevention (AIP) Foundation, which organised the ceremony, gave away VND30 million in prizes and free helmets for six of the 50 short-listed entries displayed at the Lan Anh Music Centre. Greig Craft, the chairman of AIP Foundation, said that the contest was one of activities to show parents the importance of children wearing helmets and to increase the rate of children wearing helmets throughout the country especially in urban areas.


 

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