The Child Welfare Board is commemorating Child Abuse Prevention Month with a first-time event on April 23.
The board will be holding the first annual “No Excuse For Abuse!!” 5k fun run/walk for Child Abuse Prevention Month starting at 8 a.m. April 23, 2011, on Main Street in Borger.
The event is sponsored by Road ID. The race will start at from the park beside the museum on Main Street.
Registration for the event is only $25 for ages 10 and up.
Children under 10 can participate for free, but will need a registered parent with them in the race.
The registration packet includes a t-shirt (for paid participants only), information about the schedule of events, the Rainbow Room, the Child Welfare Board, local businesses, and RoadID.
Interested applicants need to mail their completed registration form and check to: Attention: 5k Race, Hutchinson County Child Welfare Board, PO Box 1391, Borger, TX 79008.
Registration must be received by Friday, April 8, to ensure your t-shirt size for race day.
Packet pick-up will be April 15 at the Chamber of Commerce from 3-7 p.m.
Those unable to pick up their packets need to contact Carrie at 806-670-9536 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org .
The public is also encouraged to wear blue on this day for the “Go Blue” statewide campaign to raise awareness for child abuse.
“It’s time to focus on ways not only to protect children, but also to prevent abuse from ever occurring,” Marilyn Brown, member of the Child Welfare Board, said. “This is our opportunity to make a difference in young lives.”
The county does provide some funds to help with clothing for all the foster children in Hutchinson County. The welfare board depends on fundraisers to help provide these services, believing there is so much it can do to help these children adjust as they leave foster care.
Just Hutchinson County alone averages around 60 foster children at all times. Most of the children removed from homes locally have to be placed outside the county as there are not enough foster parents available in the county.
For further information on the 5k race or any of the events surrounding Child Abuse Prevention Month, contact your local Child Protective Services office or any Hutchinson County Child Welfare Board member.