Tuesday April 1, 2008
For Immediate Release:
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/526-3622
Kentucky and Indiana are on opposite sides of the Ohio River but on Thursday, April 3rd the two states will join together for the purpose of preventing child abuse.
The “Rally Around Our Children” will kick off 2008 Child Abuse Prevention month as participants from the two states gather on Waterfront Park to highlight awareness of child abuse and call for its prevention. The event is sponsored by Family & Children First.
“I am honored to be a speaker at the rally,” says Councilwoman Judith Green (D) 1. “As an adoptive mother of neglected and abused children, I know first hand that the effects of child abuse last long after the child is taken from an abusive situation.”
Green will join other speakers, including Mayor Jerry Abramson, at the rally to focus attention on the problem and call for more awareness of the community in preventing children from enduring abusive situations.
The main event will begin at 11:30am.
“We need to educate parents and all adults as to why prevention of this horrible activity in a child’s life must stop,” says Green. “It must stop if we’re going to raise happy, healthy children who will become contributors to this great community.”
The event will begin in Indiana with a walk across the Second Street Bridge at 10:00am. The walkers will carry pinwheels and will meet up with Kentucky supporters at Dancing Waters Park. Both groups will then proceed to the Children’s Play Area at Harbor Park.
For 125 years, Family & Children First has provided counseling services and education for families and children to prevent abusive situations.
“As a community, we have an opportunity to let children know we support them and we want to make sure their lives are not touched by this tragedy,” says Green.
For more information about the rally go to www.familyandchildrenfirst.org or contact Councilwoman Green’s office at 574-1101.
Judith Green (D) 1