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Child abuse prevention group has fun for families

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Participantsstart the Every Child Matters PCA 5K run in Roberts Park Saturday morning.
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Angcat, a Silly Safari speaker, holds an owl named Hoosier as she talks about the owl’s preferred habitat and shows the children Hoosier’s feathers. Silly Safari is a live animal education show from Indianapolis.

By LEANA CHOATE - lchoate@newsexaminer.com

Runners of all ages gathered for the Pinwheel 5K run Saturday morning in Roberts Park. 

“Having an outdoor event early in April is always a challenge,” Carl Scheib, Every Child Matters Prevent Child Abuse Fayette County vice president, said. “But we had good weather this morning for the 5K run.”

The 5K went through the park. Afterwards, the John Roberts Memorial Building hosted a Family Resource Fair and free pancake breakfast. Local child agencies set up booths where families could learn about and to receive information packets.

Silly Safari had an educational animal show for children. The performer and teacher for the Silly Safari, whose Silly Safari name is Angcat, showed the children different kinds of animals including an albino rabbit and an owl, and described their preferred habitat. 

Top 14 runners in the 5K run, in descending order: Austin Wenta, 15, Connersville, 21:24; Victoria Collins, 24, Connersville, 21:59; Nathan Hufferd, 32, Connersville, 25:49; Steve Kirkwood, 37, Connersville, 27:04; Angela Cable, 29, Connersville, 27:50; Jim Robertson, 68, Richmond, 27:56; Jessica Hufferd, 30, Connersville, 30:22; Rick Moorman, 53, Sunman, 31:02; Emily Bell, 41, Connersville, 31:59; Amanda Kirkwood, 38, Connersville, 32:01; Hannah Cable, 12, Harrison, Ohio, 33:05; Judith Echanomedina, 43, Connersville, 50:18; Libby Adams, 28, Connersville, 50:22; Alizabeth Moorman, 25, Sunman, 54:59.

Winners of the 5K walk, in descending order: Sherry Jones, 49, Connersville, 43:46; Ashley Hausmann, 25, 54:59; Rhonda Moorman, 50, Sunman, 54:59.

The PCA council will have its pinwheel parade for children on Thursday morning, April 25, on Central Avenue from 7th Street to the Fayette County Courthouse.