Sadly, child abuse and neglect is a problem that occurs all around us. In 2013, more than 15,200 North Carolina children were involved in the court system from allegations of abuse and neglect. The impact of child abuse and neglect is far greater than the visible scars and bruises it leaves. “The influence of trauma on a young child’s emotional and social development can have long-lasting, devastating effects,” noted Patrick Giddeons, program supervisor of the Guardian ad Litem Program. The good news is, Guardian ad Litem Volunteer Child Advocates are working to make a difference, speaking up for children who are victims of abuse and neglect, he stressed.
The Guardian ad Litem Volunteer Association (GALVA) is hosting a 5k race to raise awareness for Child Abuse Prevention and funds to support advocacy for abused and neglected children. The race — located in Wallace in the beautiful River Landing community — will also be a family-oriented occasion, with fun activities for children and an all-ages superhero themed costume contest as part of their child abuse prevention event.
The Kid’s Fun Run is free, and the first 100 children who are registered will get a free Superhero cape. The Fun Run is approximately 0.4 miles long and will begin at 8:00am. The 5k run and walk will begin at 8:30 a.m. and will be chip timed by Brunswick Timing Services on a certified course. The first 300 registered runners/ walkers will get a free t shirt and be eligible to win bonus prizes.
Donations and registrations fees are 100 percent tax deductible. Some of the meaningful ways GALVA uses donations include: sponsoring summer camps for foster children, providing Christmas gifts to foster children, providing school supplies to foster children, providing a back to school pool party for foster children, and by providing support and recognition to Guardian ad Litem Volunteers who represent abused children in court. GALVA also supports efforts to spread awareness for Child Abuse Prevention in the 4th District. No money goes towards anyone’s salary. (GALVA primarily serves children in Jones, Onslow, Duplin, and Sampson counties)
For more information or to register, visit www.superhero5krace.org or contact Patrick Giddeons, race director at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 910-665-9870.