Author: Ryan Hill and Scott Coleman
Participants pose in front of the pinwheel garden at the State Farmers’ Market.
April 19, 2018 — Volunteers across DHHS planted Pinwheels for Prevention in observance of Prevent Child Abuse Month.
The pinwheel gardens raise awareness for community activities that support families and public policies that prioritize preventing child abuse and neglect.
At the State Farmers’ Market in Raleigh, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services employees planted 2,000 pinwheels on April 13. The third annual planting was made possible through a partnership between DHHS, Prevent Child Abuse NC and the Farmers’ Market. A record 50 volunteers participated in planting the pinwheel garden, which will remain at the Farmers’ Market until April 27.
Employees of DHHS’ Division of Public Health planted 2,000 pinwheels in a garden located at the entrance to their Six Forks Road campus. Participants included members of the division’s leadership team, who thanked the group for their efforts to fight child abuse.
DPH employees put the finishing touches on their pinwheel garden in front of the Six Forks campus.
Over the past 10 years, North Carolina has investigated an annual average of nearly 67,000 cases of potential child abuse and/or neglect.
Pinwheels for Prevention is a national campaign supported by Prevent Child Abuse NC that recognizes the importance of safe and nurturing relationships for all children. Since 2008, nearly 3.5 million pinwheels have been displayed across the nation.