Our annual Pinwheels for Prevention event is scheduled for 3 p.m. Monday. I encourage everyone to stop by if you are in the area.
We moved it from downtown to Burnet Wood Park, across from the University of Cincinnati, because of construction for the Banks Project. The park, located at the corner of Martin Luther King Boulevard and Clifton Avenue, is a high-traffic area and the colorful pinwheels should catch a lot of attention.
We’re planting more than 5,300 this year. Last year, we received 5,353 reports of abuse and neglect that we investigated and validated in some way. That’s down from the year before, but still a disturbing number.
Pinwheels represent happy times for children. But, for the more than 15,000 children involved with our agency last year, those innocent, happy times were interrupted by horrific abuse. That is unacceptable in a caring county like ours.
“Pinwheels for Prevention: It’s Your Turn to Raise the Leaders of Tomorrow” is a statewide campaign organized by the Ohio Children’s Trust Fund to promote awareness and prevention of child abuse. Hamilton County joins all 88 Ohio counties in participating in the event, which is sponsored by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Hamilton County’s Department of Job and Family Services, Hamilton County’s Family and Children First Council, the Council on Child Abuse of Southern Ohio, Inc., the Cincinnati Police Department and the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department.
Here are the details for the event:
What: Pinwheels for Prevention: It’s Your Turn to Raise the Leaders of Tomorrow
When: 3 p.m. April 12 (pictures of planting and interviews with experts)
Where: Burnet Woods Park, corner of Martin Luther King Boulevard and Clifton Avenue, across from the University of Cincinnati.
Why: To promote the awareness and prevention of child abuse and neglect