British Consul General, Ian Gibbons Launches Bright Lights Caravelle Saigon – Saving Newborn Lives

Iconic Film Star Kim Ly joins the cycling

5.30 pm, 19th August, Caravelle Saigon, 19 – 23 Lam Son Square, District 1.

‘Bright Lights’ is a 24-hour static bike ride to keep the hotel sign on Dong Khoi Street lit by pedal power! The cycling takes place in the Champagne Corner and features HCMC luminaries including British Consul General, Ian Gibbons who is launching the event and cycling the first hour with Ken Atkinson, Chairman of Newborns Vietnam and the British Business Group in Vietnam.

24 executives from the British, International and Vietnamese business community are cycling through the night for 24 hours to help raise funds for Newborns Vietnam, which will be used to bring UK University and Hospitals specialists to Vietnam train and work with Vietnamese Nurses to drive improvement in survival chances of pre term and sick newborns.

In Vietnam about 60% of under-five deaths are newborns in their first month of life. But most newborn deaths are preventable.

Ian Gibbons, British Consul General to Vietnam, said:
“The Newborns Vietnam programme is helping nurses in central Vietnam and beyond to develop their professional skills to improve the survival chances of newborn infants.  This is a wonderful example of a British-Vietnamese partnership in action, and I am proud to show my support by cycling to keep the ‘Lights Bright at the Caravelle Saigon’ to give every newborn infant the best possible start in life”.

British specialist training for nurses and doctors at the Da Nang Hospital for Women & Children is already making a big difference. In three years neonatal mortality has reduced by half.

National film icon, Kim Ly star of the epic action romance Huong Ga and highly anticipated Saigon Bodyguards is inspired to cycle the final hour of this 24 hour marathon.

Kim Ly, said:
I passionately believe that every newborn baby should have an equal chance of surviving no matter where in the world they are born. International partnerships are helping bring newborn care in Vietnam closer to the standard of care every parent experiences in Sweden. I am proud to keep the lights burning for newborns.”

In 2016 the charity has extended its nursing programmes to district hospitals in the central region and in 2017 will support the National Paediatric Hospital in Hanoi with training for neonatal doctors and nurses.

Mr John Gardner, General Manager, Caravelle Saigon, said:
We are proud to support ‘Bright Lights’, a great effort from the Ho Chi Minh business community, to support a charity whose work has touched the hearts of us all at the Caravelle”.

‘Bright Lights’ target is to raise $10,000. Our cycling heroes and heroines are inspired by saving newborn lives and to reward their great effort Moet & Chandon will give a magnum of Champagne hand embossed with the event details to the highest fund raiser with a bottle for the second and third highest.

Mr Trinh Ngoc Thanh, Deputy General Director of Vietnam Airlines, said
“We are delighted to partner with Newborns Vietnam. We are using our worldwide flight network to save newborn lives by bringing international doctors and nurses to support the advancement of neonatal care in Vietnam”.

In three years the Newborns Vietnam, Cycle a Difference Vietnam challenges rides have raised over $600,000 and ninety two cyclists from around the world have cycled over 115,000 km. Bright Lights is another spectacular commitment from individuals taking on an endurance challenge for a great cause.