Proserpine families join to highlight good cause
A CROWD of more than 120 participants united at the Proserpine State High School oval on Saturday for a Colour Run for Child Protection Week.
The event, hosted by Whitsunday Counselling and Support, aimed to focus attention on the issues of child abuse and neglect while promoting the value of children and family time.
Local businesses Subway Proserpine, Downtown Butchers, Blaze Cafe, Whitsunday Bakery, AMAC Hair Design, Wellness Centre Proserpine, Shoe Biz, Everything Office & More and Chi Chiz Cafe supported the event by donating, purchasing or sponsoring prize vouchers.
The PCYC youth group members were exceptional on the day, helping to coat participants in bright colours and coordinate surveys alongside several enthusiastic volunteers.
Business development officer Sherry Smith said the feedback received was completely positive with 100 per cent of participants aware of the event's purpose and that child protection was everyone's business.
"All the feedback we received directly identified that they loved the event and they want it to grow even bigger in the future,” Ms Sherry said.
"They loved the family-oriented aspects and that it was a community family event in relation to a positive cause.
"That was something that seemed to really resonate with them.”
Child Protection Week ran from September 2-9.
Ms Sherry said they were looking forward to growing the event next year by increasing community awareness of the initiative.
"As an organisation, we hope to run the event annually and continue to call attention to child protection and the fact that it is everybody's business,” she said.
Whitsunday Counselling and Support would like to thank the volunteers and community groups involved in helping out and making this year's event a success.