By Lizzy Donker, BCN intern.
The Exchange Club of Richmond Hill and CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) have partnered to promote child abuse prevention awareness for the month of April by creating a pinwheel garden in front of Ameris Bank in Richmond Hill. Each pinwheel represents a child in foster care.
United Way of Bryan County Chapter Director Mary Fuller, an Exchange Club member, says that the Exchange Club always tries to focus on child abuse prevention, specifically for the month of April as it has just been officially named child abuse prevention month in Richmond Hill.
As COVID-19 last April impacted a lot of the club’s efforts for child abuse prevention, Fuller said the Exchange Club is looking for people to join so they can make more of an impact. She says club members also delivered teddy bears to children in the foster care system. CASA has also been in contact with children in the foster care system.
Fuller says they placed the pinwheel garden strategically in front of Ameris Bank by the railroad tracks. This is so that when people stop at the tracks, they will have the chance to really pay attention to the garden and what it means.