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Prevent Child Abuse sponsors 5K, family activities Saturday

By LEANA CHOATE - lchoate@newsexaminer.com

Family events starting with the Pinwheel 5K run and family fun walk are planned for Saturday morning to draw attention to child abuse prevention.

To get people together for this cause, Every Child Matters Prevent Child Abuse Council has put together a 5K run and Family Fun Walk, a pancake breakfast, Silly Safari show and K-9 demonstration. Activities are planned from 7-11 a.m. in Roberts Park, 2900 Park Road.

The 5K race will begin at 8 a.m. at the John Roberts Memorial Building and run through the park. A Family Fun Walk will start shortly after the race.

Participants who are over 18 years old may register for the event online at endurancecui.active.com/new/events/61053354/select-race. Participants also may register from 7-7:45 a.m. Saturday at Roberts Park. The fee is $20 for participants 18 years and older, or free for younger than 18 years. Awards will be given for the top finishing runners and walkers.

A local resource fair will be hosted in the Roberts Building. Agencies will have booths to provide information on local child services. 

“We are having a pancake breakfast (free will offerings accepted) as well and a Silly Safari (live animal show) that’s going to be lots of fun,” Carl Scheib, PCA vice president, said. Connersville Police Department will put on a K-9 demonstration. 

Every Child Matters Prevent Child Abuse Council is a partnership between several local groups and individuals concerned about child abuse. It works to educate families in healthy ways to relieve stress, getting families together to share what they know and ways to provide a healthy and happy home life for children. 

The group will have its annual children’s parade on Thursday morning, April 25, on Central Avenue from 7th Street to the Fayette County Courthouse. Children from local preschool programs will “plant” a garden of blue pinwheels at the courthouse, joining with several other pinwheel gardens displayed around the city during April.

“People only know what they know. Getting people and families together will help them learn things they didn’t know before, and this can lead to them finding new ways to prevent the abuse of children,” Scheib said.