Manulife Cambodia and AIP Foundation celebrate 3 years of road safety campaign with major helmet donation

Manulife Cambodia and AIP Foundation celebrate 3 years of road safety campaign with major helmet donation

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

– Today, Manulife Cambodia and the Asia Injury Prevention (AIP) Foundation celebrated three years of AIP Foundation’s Helmets for Families program in Cambodia by distributing 832 helmets to students, teachers, and parents in a special ceremony held at the Anuk Wat Primary School in Phnom Penh.

The program, supported by Manulife Cambodia, encourages road safety and helmet use in local communities through education, helmet donations, and community outreach efforts. Helmets for Families aims to increase helmet use in Phnom Penh,.

Around 1,000 students, teachers, and parents, in addition to government representatives and road safety stakeholders, attended the event. His Excellency Dr. Hang Chuon Naron, Minister of Education, Youth and Sport and His Excellency Poeu Maly, Secretary General of the National Road Safety Committee were also present. 

“More than 5 people die and 39 are injured each day on Cambodia’s roads. Furthermore, 69 percent of road traffic deaths are motorcyclists, with 62 percent of them suffering head injuries,” said His Excellency Poey Maly. “According to the 2011 World Health Organization Global Status Report, 65 percent of motorcyclist drivers wear helmets, but only 9 percent of passengers do. When analyzing the helmet wearing rates during crashes, the rate drops significantly, with some 80 percent of motorcycle casualties not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.”

“More than 100 countries, including Cambodia, have agreed to a UN resolution proclaiming this decade as the Decade of Action for Road Safety. To support this resolution, the new Road Traffic Law, which  mandates all motorcycle passengers to wear helmets, has been approved by the Cambodian government and is now awaiting for approval from the legislative bodies,” said His Excellency Dr. Hang Chuon Naron. 

“The Helmets for Families program is an important part of our efforts to bolster the helmet wearing rate,  particularly among schoolchildren, by engaging the entire community. We encourage parents to continue to teach their children about the importance of wearing helmets while on motorcycles. We are pleased to see so many supporters present at today’s event.”

In addition to sponsoring the program, Manulife employees play an active role in Helmets for Families activities by painting road safety murals at schools, teaching students how to correctly wear their new helmets, and taking part in AIP Foundation’s road safety training for students and mothers.
“Our goal is to help provide a better future for Cambodian children and families,” said Robert Elliott, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of Manulife Cambodia.
“Corporate social responsibility is not just a core value,” he said, “it is our unwavering commitment to the community. This is our third year of helmet donations and I believe that our donation today, along with the road safety activities, will result in a community of safer and smarter road users.”

“AIP Foundation greatly appreciates Manulife Cambodia’s commitment to Helmets for Families,” said Kim Pagna, Cambodia Country Director of AIP Foundation. 

“The helmets donated today will help protect our children, parents, and teachers now and in the future. I believe today’s large turnout shows just how commited our communities are towards improving road safety and increasing helmet use,” Mr. Kim said.

About the Asia Injury Prevention Foundation
The Asia Injury Prevention (AIP) Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing road injuries and fatalities in low- and middle-income countries. For more than 15 years AIP Foundation has been delivering effective road safety programs in locations across Asia and Africa. To find out more, visit www.asiainjury.org or connect with us on Twitter @AIPFoundation.

About Manulife Cambodia

Manulife Cambodia started its operation on June 28, 2012. It is the latest market entry in Asia by Manulife, one of the world’s leading life insurance companies. As the first wholly foreign-owned life insurance company in the kingdom, Manulife Cambodia is committed to providing its clients with much needed financial protection through its products and services. 

About Manulife

Manulife is a leading Canada-based financial services group with principal operations in Asia, Canada and the United States. We operate as John Hancock in the U.S. and as Manulife in other parts of the world. We provide strong, reliable, trustworthy and forward-thinking solutions for our customers’ significant financial decisions. Our international network of employees, agents and distribution partners offers financial protection and wealth management products and services to millions of clients. We also provide asset management services to institutional customers. Funds under management by Manulife and its subsidiaries were approximately C$663 billion (US$591 billion) as at September 30, 2014. 

Manulife Financial Corporation trades as ‘MFC’ on the TSX, NYSE and PSE, and under ‘945’ on the SEHK. Manulife can be found on the Internet at manulife.com 

Media Contact :
Manulife (Cambodia) PLC
Tola Ponlu
Chief Customer Officer
Tel: +855 – 23 965 965, Email: tola_ponlu@manulife.com
 
  Media Contact :
AIP Foundation
Pagna Kim, AIP Foundation Country Director
#18BEo, Street 348, Tuol Svay Prey I Commune, Chamka Morn District, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Tel: +85 512 424 234+85 512 424 234; 
Email:  pagna.kim@aipf-cambodia.org