A Guinness Record for Road Safety: 1,000 helmets for 1,000 children!

The initiative of Cyta and the Cyprus Police – to gather more than 1,000 children at the Police Road Safety Park on Monday, 15 October 2012 and have them all wearing protective cycle helmets at the same time – was a huge success.

Specifically, 1,196 fifth and sixth year primary school children from all districts of Cyprus (including occupied Rizokarpaso) gathered at the Police Road Safety Park in Nicosia and, in the presence of a representative of Guinness World Records™, who officially noted the record, they all donned their protective cycle helmets provided by Cyta. The message was clear: "1,000 helmets for 1,000 children – Helmets Save Lives!”

The event, which took place under the auspices of the Cyprus Presidency of the Council of the European Union, was an initiative of the Cyprus Police and Cyta, organised in cooperation with the Ministry of Education & Culture.

The gathering was addressed by the Minister of Communications & Works, the Chairman of Cyta, the Chief of Police and a representative of the Ministry of Education & Culture.

It should be noted that this initiative took place in the framework of the excellent cooperation that has developed between the Traffic Police and Cyta and with the Ministry of Education & Culture with the shared aim of cultivating road safety awareness in young people, starting at a very young age.

The Cyprus Police Road Safety Park has operated with great success since 2004, offering road safety instruction to thousands of children every year. Moreover, Cyta provides 20,000 cycle helmets each year for the children visiting the Park. Over the past five years, more than 100,000 helmets have been given free. Cyta’s involvement comes in the context of its commitment to the European Road Safety Charter and the Organisation’s continuous contribution to Road Safety.

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Communications and Public Relations
15 October 2012