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Child Advocacy Center to Unveil “Walkway of Hope”

In honor of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month, the Child Advocacy Center (CAC) will unveil a new brick walkway this Sunday, April 22, during a reception. The bricks in the walkway were bought and engraved by donors around the community. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has details about the event.

 

In 1995, the Child Advocacy Center opened on Walnut Street. The nonprofit organization, whose mission is to reduce and eliminate child abuse, began a brick campaign to raise money. This campaign allowed donors to buy bricks to create a walkway in front of the center.

Five years later, the organization moved just down the road on Walnut to a bigger location. The walkway in front of the building is much longer than the first, leaving new, blank bricks.

For its 2011 annual campaign, the CAC gave donors the opportunity to engrave the new bricks.

The inscriptions honor the children who have passed through the center over the course of its existence in the new location.

Linda Regan is the development director at the CAC.

“Some of them are fun, happy sayings. It’s amazing what people can put on a small brick with limitations on the numbers of spaces they have. So we were kind of overwhelmed; the annual campaign not only raised between $40,000-45,000, but we are getting to install more than 80 newly engraved bricks into our Walkway of Hope.”

On Sunday, April 22nd, the CAC is holding a reception to honor those donors who engraved a brick. At the reception, the walkway will be unveiled, and each donor will get to see their brick installed. The CAC will also be open to tour during the reception in an open house.

For KSMU News, I’m Rebekah Clark.