23 November, 2014 – Bangkok, Thailand
Over 1,000 excited fans packed the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre’s outdoor ‘active space’ to see Crayon Pop’s first ever live performance in Thailand as part of the launch of The 7% Project, a campaign to increase motorcycle passenger helmet use among children in Thailand—led by the Asia Injury Prevention (AIP) Foundation and Save the Children.
The Korean girl group Crayon Pop ignited the crowd by performing their global hit ‘Bar Bar Bar’ that saw fans, who came wearing their helmets, dancing in sequence to the addictive routine. Speaking in Thai, “Kids, please wear helmets when on a motorcycle kha,” got the ecstatic Thai fans in a frenzy.
Thai stars, Gail Sophicha, dance crew ‘SaCrew’, internet sensation KruNoklek, and Bangmod school teachers helped make the event an evening to remember.
The participants made the most of the festive atmosphere, joining the booth area to decorate helmets and partake in games with Marriott and Vespiario, while learning more about road safety from hosts AIP Foundation and Save the Children.
Fans, together with students and teachers from across Bangkok, together recognized that children traveling as passengers on motorcycles without a helmet are in danger, and pledged at the concert to always wear a helmet when on one. Through the pledge, fans acknowledged that to reduce the risk, families, schools, communities, and law enforcers must all work together.
The public can continue to sign the pledge via the campaign’s main website www.7-percent.org. All the signatures will be used in support of the campaign in February 2015.
“I’m delighted to see such a great turnout for such an important cause- our voice is one-thousand-people strong today. Together we are sending a clear message to everyone that children’s safety needs to come first and be prioritized as a national agenda,” said AIP Foundation Thailand’s Country Director Ratanawadee Hemniti-Winther. Mrs. Ratanawadee told the audience, “We need all of your support for The 7% Project. Let’s start a trend with the help of Crayon Pop to make helmets the norm.”
Throughout the concert, fans instagrammed and tweeted ‘selfies’ using the hashtag #helmetpop, reaching over 300,000 directly from the event.