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Page 10 ~ (~ltn~ ~oun~y :~e~e Wednesday, APril 4, 2018 Join CASA (Court Appoint- dren and all children who have ed Special 'Advocate)of the suffered from abuse. Bonrfie Alapaha Judicial Circuit corn- Finney is the one who inspired rajtment tohelping victims of the blue ribbon child abuse child abuse and neglect heal, awareness campaign. Bonnie and making sure all children Firmey was a grandmother feel safe and loved. O/tr CASA from Virginia. Her daughter program serve; Atkim n, was in a relationship that was Berrien, Clinch, :Cook and La- riddled with trouble and she nier County. suspected heavy drug. Many Anytime a child is abused or t nes, she tried to help her neglected, ifs a tragedy - one daughter to leave the relation-" that all too often scars child ship, and even tried bringing victims for alifetime, her back home. As in the case During April you may see of many unhealthy relation- people wearing a looped blue ships, her daughter continu- ribbon, blue ribbon pin or blue ally returned to live with her bows hanging on doors or poles husband. Bormie's daughter in observance of Child Abuse had three children during her Prevention Month, and you marriage. The children were 4 may wonderwhat the signifi- years, 3 years and 16 months cance of the blUe ribbon is. In old. Michael was Bonnie's fact, there is deep meaning grandson. He was taken from behind what has become a na- his home after he was admit- tionally recognized symbol for ted to the hospital with several child abuse prevention, bruises and cigarette burns Child Abuse Awareness on his body. He was placed Month first began in 1983, but in foster care for three weeks the blue ribbon symbolizing and was then returned home child abuse awareness did not against his wishes. Bonnie appear until 1989. This is the never saw her grandson again. story behind the blue ribbon. Months later, Bonnie's young- This is a story about Bonnie est granddaughter was admit- Finney, a woman who wanted" ted to the hospital. She had to remember her grandchil- been severely beaten, her leg ~i~~, lm, t,y A "CALL FOR ANY OF YOUR SPECIALTY TRUCK NEEDS|" l[Deep Wells SemiDeep Wells [Water Pump Sales and Service 29-382-6117 ( 24 -800-342-9345 was broken in four places and her hand was badly burned. The authorities stepped in and it was then that it was discov- ered that Michael was miss- hag. The search for Michael be- gan. Eventually, his little body was found wrapped in a sheet and stuffed into a tool box. He had been killed thre months earlier. Bonnie made a state- ment: '2Vly grandchildren had suffered and battled so much through their young lives that it sickened me." In remembrance of her grandson, Bonnie tied a blue ribbon to her van antenna. The media caught onto her idea, and spread the word. When Bonnie was asked why she chose the color blue, she said "I never intend to forget the battered, bruised bodies of my grandchildren. Bruises are black and then eventually blue. Therefore, blue serves as a constant reminder to me to fight for protection of our chil- dren." The spirit of her blue ribbon grew and inspired a state-wide community-based effort to prevent child abuse in every town, every commu- nity and every city and county. Since then, Donme FLrmey's simple act of education and remembrance has inspired a. nationwide movement and led states throughout the county to participate in the campaign by designating the month of April each year Child Abuse Prevention Month. During National Child Abuse Prevention Month, we invite our community to learn more about the work we do and consider becoming a C/USA volunteer. Working to- gether, we can end abuse and neglect so that every child has a chance to thrive. To find out more about how to become a CASA volunteer for our children in our commu- nity, please call Elaine Grice CASA Director at (229)686- 6576 ext. 4 or email dsuggs@ fccisberrien.org. Lions Club holds annual golf tournament in Fargo The Clinch County Lions Club held their annual charity golf tournament Saturday at the Suwannee River Golf Course in Fargo. The Clinch County News/Lutz, Brown, Peagler & Insurance team was the tournament's winner, with a score of -11 in the best-ball tournament. Above, Ryan Daniel, right, of the Lions Club presents the cash prize to the winning team of, from left, Craig Ganas, Len Robbins, Will Williams, and Jeff Brown. Lee Container had the second-placo team, at -9. Below, Daniel presents the cash prize to, from left, Jackson Williams, John Strickland, Cole Davis, and David Taylor. The Lions Club would like to thank all those who participated, and were hole sponsors for the event. Clinch County Parents at the Clinch County Head Start Center recently attended a special workshop to learn CPR. Carol Clarke, Head Start Training Specialist and Certified American Heart Association instructor, led the parents in the training. Parents learned infant, child, and adult CPR, as well as techniques to prevent choking. The center is proudly operated by Concerted Services, Inc your local community action agency. The parents are proud to have completed the training and now have the tools to help if their children or someone in the family needs CPR. Parent Head Start parents learn CPR From left, Robin Twiss, Marcia Thomas, Kylee Smithwick, and Susie Kenney, parents of Head Start students who are CPR certified. engagement workshops areAllen, Lead Teacher. one of the services provided For more information about by.the Head Start program, the program or enrollment "We are so glad we were able opportunities, please contact to offer this workshop to our the family advocate office at parents," stated Ms. Shasta (912)487-5304. ) -I 0 0 0 L