By Adam Black
The Ashland Beacon
Families dashed through clouds of colorful dust hoping to get a splash of color on their shirts as they sprinted around Central Park Saturday morning.
The 3K Color Run kicked off the fun at Central Park for Hope’s Place Child Advocacy Center’s Family Fun Day.
Participants lined up early to be a part of the fun and register for the race/walk all to bring awareness to the community about Child Abuse Prevention Month and bring a day of fun to Central Park.
“April is Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month and we wanted to do something fun for the community while raising awareness for child sexual abuse,” Development Coordinator, Tiffany Jobe said. “It is important for everyone in our community to know where to turn for help should they need it.”
National Child Abuse Prevention Month, also known as Child Abuse Prevention Month in America, is an annual observance in the United States dedicated to raising awareness and preventing child abuse. April has been designated Child Abuse Prevention Month in the United States since 1983, according to childwellfare.gov.
Once the colorful race was finished, more fun began in the park with games, music, activities, inflatables, and Peanut the Clown entertaining children with his balloon tricks. The Ashland Fire Department was also at the event teaching children about fire safety.
“We had a great time at the Hope's Place Child Advocacy Center Family Fun Day at the park,” the Ashland Fire Department posted on their Facebook page followed with several photos.
Other events throughout the region for Child Abuse Prevention Month included pinwheels placed in front of the State Trooper Post 14 building and at the Greenup County Courthouse to bring awareness.
Hope's Place is a Children’s Advocacy Center that offers services to child victims of sexual abuse and support for their non-offending caregivers. Hope’s Place offers direct services to non-offending family and victims of child sexual abuse. Services include Comprehensive Medical Examinations, Forensic Interviews, Mental Health Counseling, Case Management, Court Advocacy, Prevention Education, Multidisciplinary and Team Coordination. Hope's Place is funded in whole or part by State and federal funds.
Jobe said she would also like to thank all the sponsors of the family Fund day including Amy for Africa, Custom Manufacturing Solutions, KDMC, Braidy Industries, OLBH, Peanut the Clown, Safe Harbor, Mark Cole, Sweet and Sassy Cotton Candy, and Rachel Jones.
“Our amazing sponsors made it possible for families to come and have a fun day of play together,” Jobe said.