Raising awareness about child abuse in the Toledo area is the focus of Yell & Tell: Stop Child Abuse Now, and the organization makes an extra effort during the National Child Abuse Prevention Month of April.
The ninth annual Yell & Tell: Stop Child Abuse Now Rally will take place Sunday, April 22, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Walbridge Park Shelter House, located on Broadway Avenue across from the Toledo Zoo.
The 2012 rally will include a keynote address from UT Head Football Coach Matt Campbell, with entertainment provided by soloist Amy Gibson and the Distinguished Clown Corps, which includes Dan Saevig, UT associate vice president for alumni relations.
“The rally provides an opportunity for students to gain material and knowledge about child abuse prevention methods,” said Pamela Crabtree, president and founder of Yell & Tell: Stop Child Abuse Now. “Students are the future and as an organization, our mission is to educate the future leaders of tomorrow on how to protect our children.”
In 2010, 743 Lucas County children were victims of maltreatment, according to Lucas County Children Services.
A number of UT events have raised funds for Yell & Tell’s awareness efforts. The nonprofit organization was the philanthropy choice of this year’s Songfest, which took place March 31. Proceeds from the Kappa Delta sorority 5K Shamrock run April 15 at Swan Creek Preserve Metropark benefited Yell & Tell, and the UT electricians each year sponsor a bowling tournament fundraiser.
“UT is always supportive of our annual rally and that is very commendable,” Crabtree said. “I am very proud and honored to be an alumna and retiree from UT.”
Local law enforcement, community organizations and service agencies will participate in the free, public rally. Refreshments will be provided.
For more information, contact Crabtree at 419.764.9302.