WUFT News

Pinwheels for Prevention brings awareness to child abuse

By on April 9th, 2013
pinwheels.jpg

Monica Marin / WUFT News

For the next few weeks, pinwheels set up around Alachua County and other parts of North Central Florida will represent children the community can work toward keeping safe.

The pinwheels are a part of the Pinwheels for Prevention campaign, which tries to raise awareness about child abuse.

One in 4,000 children in Alachua County are either abused or neglected, said Cathy Winfrey, the program manager for Healthy Families. The county’s rate is double that for the state.

Driving by and seeing the pinwheels can be a shocking reality, said Annie McPherson, the program director at the Child Abuse Prevention Project at the University of Florida.

“We do have a problem, and we need people to get involved to solve it,” she said.

The Child Abuse Prevention Task Force will be holding events throughout April, including the 10th anniversary of the Celebrate the Child Carnival on April 20.

The pinwheels will decorate the community until April 27.

Kristen Morrell wrote this story online.


This entry was posted in Local. Bookmark the permalink.
 

More Stories in Local

Teacher Conference Aims to Bring Global Perspective Into Classrooms

Gainesville Connected, a conference in Gainesville, aims to equip teachers to engage students on global issues such as poverty.


Anna Claire (left) and Katie Scarlett (right) are two capuchin monkeys that were once pets but now live in the Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary. Scarlett is blind and Claire is diabetic.

Primate Sanctuaries Feel Stresses of Insufficient Funding

Sanctuaries are struggling to take in primates as researchers and pet owners forgo euthanasia for better homes.


Oct. 23, 2014: Afternoon News in 90

A video roundup of local, state and national stories for readers in North Central Florida.


The Ocala City Council voted not to renew Matthew Brower's contract as city manager on Tuesday. Brower's current contract will expire on Dec. 21.

Ocala City Manager’s Contract Not Renewed

The request to reappoint Matthew Brower as Ocala’s city manager was rejected on a three-to-two vote by the Ocala City Council. Brower was appointed city manager in February 2011, and his contract will now expire on Dec. 21.


Victoria Rusinov administers FluMist to a child at the Control Flu clinic at Littlewood Elementary School.

CDC Studies Effects of Nasal Spray Flu Vaccine Over Traditional Shot for Children

Recent studies suggests a nasal spray form of the flu vaccine is more effective than the flu shot in healthy children ages 2 to 8, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Thank you for your support

WUFT depends on the support of our community — people like you — to help us continue to provide quality programming to North Central Florida.
Become a Sustainer
I want to support FM 89.1/NPR
I want to support Florida's 5/PBS
Donate a Vehicle
Day Sponsorship Payments
Underwriting Payments