April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

APRIL 19, 2019   CLEARWATER, FL – In recognition of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, The General Federation Women’s Club (GFWC) North Pinellas Woman’s Club (NPWC) volunteers were out in full force spreading awareness about child abuse prevention at the 5th annual Spring Fling 5k at Wall Springs Park in Palm Harbor, Saturday, April 13, benefiting Elisa’s Greatest Wishes charitable organization.

The fundraiser race honors the memory and wishes of 10-year old Elisa Nelson, who was riding her bike to Palm Harbor Middle School when she was kidnapped and murdered.  Elisa’s Greatest Wishes supports numerous causes including the purchase of books for school libraries, funding scholarships and projects for Girl Scouts, youth athletics, and children with medical needs. In just five years, over $500,000 has been raised for charities in Elisa’s name.

Blue-shirted GFWC North Pinellas Woman’s Club volunteers lined the race starting gate with blue and silver “Pinwheels of Prevention” and gave away bracelets and coloring sheets to help raise awareness about how to prevent child abuse and neglect. In honor of one of Elisa’s greatest joys, reading, children were delighted to select their own free book from hundreds of popular titles. In addition, index fingers were painted blue in a vivid statement to abolish child abuse and enhance the well-being of all children in our Pinellas County community.

About the GFWC North Pinellas Woman’s Club

GFWC North Pinellas Woman’s Club is an all-volunteer, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization united in our passion to positively impact lives in Pinellas County. Members are very active in a variety of community improvement projects and strive to address all aspects of the community, including foster children, the homeless, school systems, civic duties and social responsibilities, and environmental issues.  Visit our website www.gfwcnpwc.org to see to see the impact we’ve made.

About the General Federation of Women’s Clubs The General Federation of Women’s Clubs is a unifying force, bringing together local women’s clubs, with members dedicated to strengthening their communities and enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service. With over 10,000 members in Florida and over 80,000 members worldwide, GFWC members are community leaders who work locally to create global change by supporting the arts, preserving natural resources, advancing education, promoting healthy lifestyles, encouraging civic involvement, and working toward world peace and understanding.

Press Release: Local Woman’s Club Spreads the Word About Child Well-Being at Spring Fling 5k in Palm Harbor