The ‘life journey’ charity programme kicked off its second year with an event to present bikes to needy children at the Ha Tinh Film and Culture Centre on May 8 in the central province of Ha Tinh.

The programme, organised by the Vietnam Children’s Fund and the AIA Vietnam insurance company, raises funds to buy bicycles for impoverished students and children.

At the event, the AIA presented 50 bicycles and 50 gift packages worth a total of 90 million VND (4,151 USD).

The programme includes activities involving child rights, traffic safety and environmental protection.

It also includes a writing contest encouraging children to share stories of their journeys to school before and after owning bicycles.

The programme was launched in 2014 and has thus far given away 770 bicycles worth 1.3 billion VND (60,000 USD) to children in 23 provinces and cities.

The programme plans to hold 15 events this year nationwide to present at least 1,000 bicycles to children in 25 provinces and cities across the country.-VNA