Seventh Annual Light the Lake brings awareness to child abuse prevention

April 25, 2019

Lake Waccamaw, NC – More than 100 walkers took to Flemington Drive Tuesday evening, April 16, for the Seventh Annual Light the Lake Walk for Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness coordinated by Community Based Services at Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina.

“The first step to prevention is awareness,” said President Gary Faircloth. “I truly appreciate the effort our Community Based Services staff puts into providing awareness through events like this.”

The annual walk collaborates with Pinwheels for Prevention throughout the month of April, which is also National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Carrying electric candles, the walkers made their way down Lake Shore Drive before turning onto Cameron Street. A short walk down Church Street brought them back to campus where they enjoyed a time of fellowship and light refreshments.

Vice President for Community Based Services Donna Yalch shared that there are more than 11,000 children in foster care in North Carolina due to abuse and neglect.

“We are so grateful to everyone who came out,” said Yalch. “Each year it helps to bring awareness to the devastating reality of child abuse and neglect. It is truly everyone’s responsibility to look out for the welfare of children.”

For more information about foster care and opportunities to become a foster parent, contact Community Based Service at B&GH at 910-646-3083.

About Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina

Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina, Inc., has been helping children since 1954. Since then, more than 7,500 children have benefitted from the services of the not-for-profit, 501(c)3 agency. Its mission is to provide a comprehensive array of services for children and youth who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect or other family dysfunction. B&GH offers adoption, family and therapeutic foster care, free children’s therapy, as well as residential care on the campus at Lake Waccamaw. The campus features a SACS-accredited school with a middle and high school curriculum, vocational education, recreation facilities, farm, chapel and cottage life. As many as 320 vulnerable children are cared for through the residential, community-based services, and school program provided by B&GH at any given time. B&GH operates its program, services and activities in compliance with federal nondiscrimination laws. B&GH is nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation.

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