Tennessee’s First Lady Andrea Conte will be in Woodbury on Friday morning, April 16, for the third annual “Andrea Walks for Tennessee’s Children” child abuse awareness walk. The First Lady will lead a one-mile walk that will begin at Dillon Park and end at the Agricultural Center at the Fairgrounds. Walk registration will be held from 9:00 – 9:30 a.m. and the walk will begin at 9:30 a.m.
“The project we called ‘Andrea Walks for Tennessee’s Children’ has had a real impact on raising awareness about the problem of child abuse in Tennessee and the important work of Child Advocacy Centers to help children who have experienced severe physical or sexual abuse,” said Conte.
“I’m very pleased the Child Advocacy Center has decided to continue that effort this year and I am honored to once again have the opportunity to walk in Cannon County to raise awareness about the problem of child abuse in our state.”
The event benefits the Cannon County Child Advocacy Center. First Lady Conte is sponsoring Walks in 12 cities in the state this spring to increase awareness about the serious issue of child abuse.
Conte’s goal is to stop the abuse of children and prevent children from being re-victimized. The Child Advocacy Center is delighted that Ms. Conte chose Woodbury as one of the 12 cities she will be walking in this year!
The Cannon County Child Advocacy Center is a non-profit agency that serves child abuse, child sexual abuse, and drug endangered children in Cannon County. The Center staff work as a team with Department of Children’s Services, law enforcement, and the District Attorney’s Office to investigate and prosecute child abuse cases.
Last year, more than 20,000 children were served at Child Advocacy Centers across Tennessee, including 87 children that were served in Cannon County.
“The Cannon County Child Advocacy Center is very appreciative of the First Lady taking her time to increase community awareness in Cannon County about child abuse. This spring, 12 ‘Andrea Walks for Tennessee’s Children’ will occur across Tennessee. With your support, Cannon County’s Walk can be the largest walk in the state!”
Planning for the event is in full swing. Doug Combs and Faye Northcutt-Knox are the co-chairpersons of the event. The featured speaker at the event will be First Lady Andrea Conte. She will be joined by local dignitaries.
It is not too late for other individuals and businesses to get involved. If you would like to be a Walk sponsor you can contact Amanda Burks at the Child Advocacy Center at 615-563-9915.
Anyone interested in participating as a walker can obtain a Walk Registration form by contacting the Center at 615-563-9915, or by faxing a registration form to 615-563-9916, or by joining us at the Walk registration on Friday, April 16 at 9:00 a.m. Lace up your tennis shoes and join your friends and neighbors as we all walk together to help the children of Cannon County!