As many as 50 bicycles and 50 gifts worth 90 million VND (4,190 USD) were presented to disadvantaged students in the central province of Binh Dinh during the Life’s Journey programme held in the locality on June 23.

The programme was jointly organised by the National Fund for Vietnamese Children (NFVC), the provincial Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs and AIA Vietnam Life Insurance Co., Ltd. It also featured a bicycle-ride to raise funds, a writing competition on student dreams, children’s rights popularisation and an environmental protection campaign.

Over 200,000 students drop out of school every year, Deputy General of the NFVC Le Tuyet Mai said, adding that one of the main reasons is that they have to walk too far to get to the nearest school, especially for students living in remote areas.

To overcome this obstacle, the programme awarded 770 bikes valued at over 1.3 billion VND (60,500 USD) to underprivileged students in 23 cities and provinces nationwide last year.

This year, “Life’s Journey” will bring an additional 1,000 bicycles to students in need in 25 localities across the country.-VNA