Rotary, medical clinic provide free bike helmets

Rotary, medical clinic provide free bike helmets 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 ninth year for the Bike Helmet Give-Away Program," says 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 kicked off with a presentation to Austin Elementary School second-graders Friday, April 25. St. Agnes School second-graders received their helmets Friday, May 2. The programs included a variety of information on bike safety and demonstrations for the children.

The safety presentation was followed by the fitting of the helmets. Each second-grader present was 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 Barry Vickrey, Vermillion Rotary Club president.

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 proud to have provided 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. If we can save even one life through this project, it will have all been worth it," said Yelverton.

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