London, Ky. (March 26, 2019) – In recognition of Child Abuse Awareness Month in April, Saint Joseph London will host a free community event called No Egg-cuse for Child Abuse on Saturday, April 13. Community child advocacy agencies and vendors will be on-site providing information about child abuse, neglect and other crimes against children.
“The goal of this event is to raise awareness about such an important cause, and to prevent child abuse in the London community,” said Mollie Harris, LSW, MS, violence prevention coordinator, Saint Joseph London.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 1 in 4 children experience some form of child abuse or neglect in their lifetimes, and 1 in 7 children have experienced abuse or neglect in the last year.
“These are heartbreaking statistics,” said Harris. “At Saint Joseph London, we want to do all that we can to ensure the safety of children. Raising awareness during April, which is Child Abuse Awareness Month, is one way we are working toward that goal.”
The event features an Easter egg hunt, a photo booth, lantern release, community pinwheel planting and door prizes, as well as fun activities and games. Art from local elementary schools will be displayed and light refreshments will be served. It will take place from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Saint Joseph London Lake Walking Path, located at 1001 Saint Joseph Lane. A community blue ribbon shaped photo, representing the awareness month, will be taken at 2 p.m.
This program is made possible through the Violence Prevention Grant from CHI Mission and Ministry. In addition to Saint Joseph London, the event is sponsored by the Safe Child Coalition and by Treetop Adventure at Levi Jackson State Park.
For more information about this community event, contact event coordinator Mollie Harris at 606.330.7380 or [email protected] or visit www.CHISaintJosephHealth.org/Awareness.
About CHI Saint Joseph Health
CHI Saint Joseph Health, part of Catholic Health Initiatives, is one of the largest and most comprehensive health systems in the Commonwealth of Kentucky with 135 locations in 20 counties, including hospitals, physician groups, clinics, primary care centers, specialty institutes and home health agencies. In total, the health system serves patients in 35 counties statewide. CHI Saint Joseph Health is dedicated to building healthier communities by elevating patient care through an integrated physical and behavioral health delivery system. CHI Saint Joseph Health embodies a strong mission and faith-based heritage and works through local partnerships to expand access to care in the communities it serves.
About Saint Joseph London
Saint Joseph London is a 150-bed full service hospital located in London, KY. Established in 1926, the facility serves patients from southeastern Kentucky, including those from Clay, Laurel, Jackson, Whitley, Knox and Pulaski counties. The current $152 million regional hospital opened in 2010, and offers all private patient rooms, with most overlooking a small lake and garden on the 52-acre healing environment.
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