Three renowned corporations Prudential Cambodia, Wing (Cambodia) Limited Specialised Bank and Chevron have joined forces to donate 70 road safety barriers to more than 17 schools across Cambodia, with the sole aim of promoting road safety among school children in the Kingdom.
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This initiative, as a part of Prudential Cambodia’s country-wide community investment programme dedicated to the Kingdom’s younger generation, is expected to benefit over 5,000 school children in Kandal province.
The programme was also prompted by an alarming number of traffic fatalities recorded last year, Prudential Cambodia said in its press release. This was a concern as traffic accidents could result in thousands of injuries and physical disabilities which may affect the victims’ prospects for work and ability to make a living.
“With more than 1,500 traffic fatalities recorded in 2018, traffic accidents continue to be a serious safety issue as well as a major social problem in Cambodia.
“According to industry experts, Cambodia suffer losses of up to $400 million every year due to damages caused by traffic accidents, affecting the financial well-being of families and the country as a whole,” it said on Friday.
During the donation event at Tepbronom Primary School, it was announced that the road barriers will be placed on major roads around several schools in Kandal.
Prudential Cambodia Chief Executive Officer Mr. David Nutman said the donation is in line with the company’s commitment to promote road safety and reducing the number of traffic accidents in the country.
“Children are a key pillar of Cambodia’s future, and protecting their safety helps support the long-term and sustainable development of our country,” he said in a statement here.
Enterprise Business Director of Wing Mr. Vattanak Phakdey Chun added that the bank is honored to take part in this corporate social responsibility (CSR) project.
“Working Together for Cambodia’ is the bank’s CSR motto, and this motto is lived out through our scope of CSR activities, which include financial literacy, entrepreneurship, education, and the environment.
“Wing believes this road safety barrier project will make significant contributions to building a greater future for Cambodian children,” he said.
Echoing the same sentiment, Mr. Sovathara Som, a representative of Chevron Cambodia said that road safety is also one of the core pillars of Caltex, a brand that is marketed by its wholly-owned subsidiary Chevron Cambodia Limited.
“We have a strong commitment to ensuring a smooth and safe journey not only for our motorists but for all Cambodians, whether in main cities or in the provinces.
“As a company that believes in protecting people and environment, safeguarding Cambodia’s children means safeguarding future of the country,” he said.