News

The Bridge hosts ‘Walk a Mile in Their Shoes’ run/walk to raise child abuse awareness

The Bridge Children’s Advocacy Center in Amarillo hosted its annual “Walk a Mile in Their Shoes” one-mile run/walk occasion Saturday to raise awareness of child abuse in the Texas Panhandle.

Established in 1989, The Bridge was the state’s first kids’s advocacy heart. The Bridge supplies a means for kids who could also be victims of child abuse to inform their story to legislation enforcement in a means that makes them extra comfy and minimizes additional trauma. The workers of The Bridge help kids and households in getting entry to varied companies to assist in the therapeutic course of in all 26 counties of the Texas Panhandle.

All finishers of the run/walk acquired a small blue pinwheel representing all Texas Panhandle kids who’ve acquired assist from The Bridge in 2023.

More: Amarillo honors Child Abuse Prevention Month with upcoming events

Penny Harvey, executive director of Tralee Crisis Center, and Shelly Bohannon sit Saturday in front of 1,023 pinwheels, each representing a child who received services from The Bridge Children's Advocacy Center in Amarillo.Penny Harvey, executive director of Tralee Crisis Center, and Shelly Bohannon sit Saturday in front of 1,023 pinwheels, each representing a child who received services from The Bridge Children's Advocacy Center in Amarillo.

Penny Harvey, government director of Tralee Crisis Center, and Shelly Bohannon sit Saturday in entrance of 1,023 pinwheels, every representing a child who acquired companies from The Bridge Children’s Advocacy Center in Amarillo.

Penny Harvey, government director of Tralee Crisis Center, spoke about her group’s relationship with The Bridge.

“We work together as a team with The Bridge to collaborate as a team, as an advocate for sexual assault and domestic violence victims, and to help them with services. We are the advocates of the interviews that The Bridge conducts. We want to help people through an exceedingly challenging time in their lives so that they feel like they can live again to accomplish what they want in life.”

Attendees start the "Walk a Mile in Their Shoes,” a one-mile run/walk event at The Bridge Children's Advocacy Center in Amarillo on Saturday.Attendees start the "Walk a Mile in Their Shoes,” a one-mile run/walk event at The Bridge Children's Advocacy Center in Amarillo on Saturday.

Attendees begin the “Walk a Mile in Their Shoes,” a one-mile run/walk event at The Bridge Children’s Advocacy Center in Amarillo on Saturday.

Shelly Bohannon, executive director of The Bridge, spoke about the event.

“This event signifies a celebration of 1,023 children that received services with us in 2023,” Bohannon said. “There are 1,023 pinwheels, which are symbols of hope, representing each child who was helped by The Bridge last year.”

A group of Children participate in the "Walk a Mile in Their Shoes,” a one-mile run/walk event at The Bridge Children's Advocacy Center in Amarillo on Saturday.A group of Children participate in the "Walk a Mile in Their Shoes,” a one-mile run/walk event at The Bridge Children's Advocacy Center in Amarillo on Saturday.

A group of Children participate in the “Walk a Mile in Their Shoes,” a one-mile run/walk occasion at The Bridge Children’s Advocacy Center in Amarillo on Saturday.

According to Bohannon, her group works with legislation enforcement to give a secure area to do interviews involving bodily or sexual abuse in opposition to kids to discover out what occurred. The Bridge additionally helps to educate the neighborhood and youngsters in regards to the distinction between good and unhealthy bodily interactions and the way to reply and report.

Participants start the first leg of the "Walk a Mile in Their Shoes,” a one-mile run/walk event at The Bridge Children's Advocacy Center in Amarillo on Saturday.Participants start the first leg of the "Walk a Mile in Their Shoes,” a one-mile run/walk event at The Bridge Children's Advocacy Center in Amarillo on Saturday.

Participants begin the primary leg of the “Walk a Mile in Their Shoes,” a one-mile run/walk event at The Bridge Children’s Advocacy Center in Amarillo on Saturday.

Bohannon stressed that there are misconceptions about where and who commits child abuse as well as who it impacts.

Pinwheels on Saturday representing the 1,023 children who received services from The Bridge Children's Advocacy Center are seen at the "Walk a Mile in Their Shoes,” a one-mile run/walk event at The Bridge Advocacy Center.Pinwheels on Saturday representing the 1,023 children who received services from The Bridge Children's Advocacy Center are seen at the "Walk a Mile in Their Shoes,” a one-mile run/walk event at The Bridge Advocacy Center.

Pinwheels on Saturday representing the 1,023 children who received services from The Bridge Children’s Advocacy Center are seen at the “Walk a Mile in Their Shoes,” a one-mile run/walk occasion at The Bridge Advocacy Center.

A finisher receives a pinwheel at the finish line Saturday at the "Walk a Mile in Their Shoes,” a one-mile run/walk event at The Bridge Children's Advocacy Center in Amarillo.A finisher receives a pinwheel at the finish line Saturday at the "Walk a Mile in Their Shoes,” a one-mile run/walk event at The Bridge Children's Advocacy Center in Amarillo.

A finisher receives a pinwheel on the end line Saturday on the “Walk a Mile in Their Shoes,” a one-mile run/walk event at The Bridge Children’s Advocacy Center in Amarillo.

Attendees enjoy their walk at the "Walk a Mile in Their Shoes,” a one-mile run/walk event at The Bridge Children's Advocacy Center in Amarillo on Saturday.Attendees enjoy their walk at the "Walk a Mile in Their Shoes,” a one-mile run/walk event at The Bridge Children's Advocacy Center in Amarillo on Saturday.

Attendees get pleasure from their stroll on the “Walk a Mile in Their Shoes,” a one-mile run/walk occasion at The Bridge Children’s Advocacy Center in Amarillo on Saturday.

A couple of young bots finish the "Walk a Mile in Their Shoes,” a one-mile run/walk event at The Bridge Children's Advocacy Center in Amarillo on Saturday.A couple of young bots finish the "Walk a Mile in Their Shoes,” a one-mile run/walk event at The Bridge Children's Advocacy Center in Amarillo on Saturday.

A few younger bots end the “Walk a Mile in Their Shoes,” a one-mile run/walk occasion at The Bridge Children’s Advocacy Center in Amarillo on Saturday.

This article initially appeared on Amarillo Globe-News: The Bridge hosts Walk a Mile in Their Shoes event to raise awareness

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Back to top button