At the ceremony (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The National Fund for Vietnamese Children (NFVC) on September 19 teamed up with AIA Life Insurance Company in Vietnam to present 70 bicycles, gifts, and five life insurance contracts each worth 20 million VND to 75 poor students in the central province of Khanh Hoa.

The donations, worth a total of 250 million VND, were part of the “Real Life Journey” campaign which consists of 13 charitable events taking place across the nation this year. The campaign is expected to present about 3,000 bicycles and 100 free life insurance deals for impoverished children nationwide.

Founded in 2014, the “Real Life Journey” programme hosts a series of charitable cycling events which has given away nearly 7,000 bicycles to children living in difficult circumstances across 50 cities and provinces in Vietnam.

In Vietnam, there are just over 200,000 children who have to drop out of school each year due to a lack of transportation access to school. With schools beyond walking distance, many families also cannot afford a bicycle to get them to school each day.

According to statistics by the Ministry of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs, many students living in remote areas have to walk 5-10 km, or even more, each day to get to school. They have to get up at 4am each morning just to get to class on time.

This challenge has tremendous impacts on their academic results and the possibility of them continuing their studies in the future.

The donors hope that each bicycle will bring the students greater opportunities to pursue education and have a better future.–VNA