April Child Abuse Prevention Month – 10,000 Pinwheeels This Year
(Fayetteville, NC) Spring has sprung; flowers are blooming; and pinwheels are popping up all over!
Gardens of bright blue pinwheels are being “planted” in locations around Cumberland County in honor of April as Child Abuse Prevention Month. The pinwheel serves as a reminder of a happy, safe and carefree childhood, one that every child deserves. Adopted by Prevent Child Abuse America, more than a million pinwheels have been displayed nationwide since April 2008 when the campaign began. Locally, the Child Advocacy Center (CAC) is coordinating with area schools, businesses, agencies and individuals to sponsor the “gardens”, and this year the number of pinwheels will top 10,000! This is the seventh year that the CAC has coordinated the campaign in Cumberland County, and this year marks the largest number of pinwheels to date. Pinwheel garden kits are available for purchase, until sold out, on the CAC’s website: www.CACFayNC.org.
The Child Advocacy Center will host its own Pinwheel Garden planting on Apr. 4 at noon in honor of the 773 children served by the center in fiscal year 2016. The ceremony will take place at the CAC at 222 Rowan Street in Fayetteville. The public is cordially invited to attend. The pinwheels will remain on display throughout the month of April.
Other events to highlight April as Child Abuse Prevention Month include:
- Break the Chain of Child Abuse Event – March 24 at 9 a.m., Charlie Rose Agri-Expo Center, no fee and open to the public
- Child Abuse Prevention Conference, Empowering Our Community – Saving One Child at a Time – Apr. 11, 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Fuller Recreation Center, no fee, registration info at www.southernregionalahec.org.