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Prevent Child Abuse to hold awareness walk


By Melissa Robinson
Contributing Editor   

  In recognition of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, Pinwheels for Prevention, sponsored by Prevent Child Abuse of Henry County, will be held on Saturday, April 27 from 9 a.m. until noon at Heritage Park in McDonough.

Local students “plant” pinwheels at the McDonough Square during a Prevent Child Abuse event earlier this month.                Special photo

  Robin Jones, director of Prevent Child Abuse Henry County, said that blue and silver pinwheels will be “planted” in a garden after a one-mile walk. The pinwheels represent Henry County’s children who have the right to grow up happy and healthy, free of abuse and neglect. She said the event is being held to raise awareness about child abuse and the many opportunities that exist for valuing children, strengthening families and engaging communities in prevention efforts.

  “We would love for the community to come out and show their support for the children of Henry County and help make a difference in the lives of these children,” said Jones.

  She said this is the first year for the walking part of the awareness event and in previous years, the pinwheels were representative of cases of abuse. However, this year the pinwheels are representative of children and their right to a happy and healthy life, as an effort to focus on the positive.

  Each walker will carry a pinwheel and have an opportunity to “plant” them at the end of the trek. She said there will be water for the walkers and maybe a few surprises for the kids. The Veterans Museum will be open as well. She is hoping for a beautiful day where people can enjoy a walk in the park while raising awareness for a great cause.

  Andre Chambers, Director of Henry County’s Department of Family and Children’s Services, is the featured speaker. The event is free and open to the public.

  Heritage Park is located at 101 Lake Dow Rd. in McDonough. For more information about Prevent Child Abuse Henry County and its various programs, visit



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