Rotarians, clinic plan helmet distribution Bike helmets save lives. It has been proven that wearing a bicycle helmet reduces the risk of serious head injury by 85 percent.
The Vermillion Medical Clinic and the Vermillion Rotary Club are concerned about the safety of youth, and have joined together to present free bicycle helmets to all Vermillion second-graders.
"This is the seventh year for the Bike Helmet Give-Away Program," said Dr. Charles Yelverton, Vermillion Medical Clinic family practitioner. "We have been pleased to see that as a result of last year's program, the usage of helmets by local youngsters has greatly increased! We are confident that the continuation of this program will serve to increase bicycle safety awareness even further."
The Bike Helmet Give-Away kicks off with a presentation to all Vermillion second-graders at Austin Elementary School on Friday, April 27 beginning at 2 p.m. The program will include a variety of information on bike safety and demonstrations for the children.
The safety presentation will be immediately followed by the fitting of helmets. Each second-grader present will be personally and properly fitted with a bike helmet.
"A great deal of time is spent choosing the right helmet for the children. We look for a design that is pleasing to a child while meeting all federal safety guidelines," said Dean Clark, Vermillion Rotary Club president.
The Vermillion Medical Clinic and the Vermillion Rotary Club are proud to be providing this event for local youth.
"Our goal is that by giving these children access to helmets at an early age, we can help them develop the habit of helmet usage as they reach their teen and adult years," Clark said.
"If we can save even one life through this project, it will have all been worth it," said Yelverton.