The Lone Star Exchange Club of Richmond is joining 800 other clubs across the country to create greater awareness of the seriousness of child abuse and what can be done to prevent it.
The Lone Star Exchange Club is hosting its 2nd Blue Ribbon Event, in partnership with Child Advocates of Fort Bend, on Tuesday, April 10 at 6:00 PM. Please join them in promoting Child Abuse Prevention (CAP). A short program in the square by Richmond City Hall will be followed by a CAP Competition, where students from Hutchinson Elementary Art Club will model caps which they were provided to them by the Lone Star Exchange Club who challenged them to decorate the caps to help bring attention to the importance of Child Abuse Prevention. Following the judging all attendees will be invited to paint Morton Street blue with ribbons. Volunteers will be present to hand out blue ribbon pins to all participants at the event, asking them to help us creating awareness of the importance child abuse prevention in our community and to encourage others to get involved. Local restaurants will also provide “Blue Ribbon Specials” for that evening only – so make a night of it in downtown Richmond.
The City of Richmond gave a proclamation at their meeting on March 19 declaring April 2012, as “CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH” and call upon all citizens, community agencies, faith groups, medical facilities, elected leaders and businesses to increase their participation in efforts to support families, thereby preventing child abuse and strengthening the communities in which we live.
The Blue Ribbon Campaign began in Virginia in 1989 when a grandmother, Bonnie W. Finney, tied a blue ribbon to the antenna of her van “to make people wonder.” The story she told to inquisitive community members was a tragic story about the abuse of her grandchildren, which ultimately led to the brutal death of her grandson. She tied a blue ribbon to the antenna of her car as a way to remember him and to alert her community to the tragedy of child abuse.
Why blue? Because she intended never to forget the battered, bruised bodies of her grandchildren. The story of Bonnie Finney demonstrates the effect that just one concerned citizen can have on raising public awareness of child abuse and in promoting prevention.
Since Bonnie Finney first tied that blue ribbon to her van antenna in 1989, millions of people across the country have participated in blue ribbon events and campaigns.