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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 10, 2013
Contact:  Jon Ebelt, Public Information Officer, DPHHS, (406) 444-0936
              Chuck Council, Communications Specialist, DPHHS, (406) 444-4391

Children's Trust Fund to 'plant' pinwheels on Capitol lawn to raise awareness about child abuse and prevention

The Montana Children’s Trust Fund will join many communities throughout Montana and the nation to promote National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Volunteers will gather to “plant” 1,000 blue pinwheels around the Capitol lawn at noon, Thursday, April 11.

Pinwheels for Prevention is a national public awareness campaign built around the symbol of the pinwheel. The pinwheel represents efforts to change the way people think about prevention, focusing on community activities and public policies that prioritize prevention right from the start to make sure child abuse and neglect never occur. It represents our efforts to ensure the healthy development of children nationwide.

Pinwheels are a happy and uplifting symbol of childhood that conveys the message that every child deserves the chance to be raised in a healthy, safe, and nurturing environment.
“We’re hoping the pinwheels will raise awareness about the issue of child abuse and neglect, plus encourage people to act to prevent it from happening in the first place,” said Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) Director Richard Opper. 

The Montana Children’s Trust Fund provides financial support to local programs across the state to prevent child abuse and neglect and strengthen families.

For more information about the Montana Children’s Trust Fund contact Jamey Petersen at jpetersen@mt.gov or 444-3002.

Page last updated: April 8, 2013