April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time to recognize that the community can play a part in promoting the social and emotional well-being of children and families in the lake area.

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time to recognize that the community can play a part in promoting the social and emotional well-being of children and families in the lake area. Camden County Child Advocacy Council will be publically recognized at the Pinwheels for Prevention Community Pinwheel Garden Ceremony in Jefferson City on April 17 as a 2013 Leader in Child Abuse Prevention for our efforts to prevent child abuse and to protect our children in Missouri.

The main fundraisers each year for Camden County Child Advocacy Council is the annual Trivia Challenge and the 5K Run/Walk into Awareness. The funds raised are used throughout the year for multiple programs that the CCCAC provides for the children and families of Camden County.

The CCCAC helps children when referred by a county school nurse with emergency dental care. Local dentists help in providing a discounted rate when a child has a toothache and it is hard to concentrate during class and can usually be seen within 24-48 hours. County school nurses can also refer families to us that are diagnosed with head lice and we help in providing them with a non-toxic lice shampoo. The Council gives ten $500 scholarships to graduating seniors of all county high schools that are recommended by the school counselors. The Coats for Kids program helps provide children with coats when in need. On the first Saturday in October, CCCAC presents “Arts in the Park” held at the Linn Creek City Park. This is a day where families are invited for a day filled with crafts, music, art, theater and a full day of fun.

While the CCCAC operates throughout the year, two events in particular help aid children of families in need. One is the Back to School Fair that is held in the beginning of August each year. Backpacks, supplies and a voucher for $10 toward socks and underwear at Walmart are given to children who attend the fair and learn about other groups and organizations in the community among many other agencies that are concerned for our children. Another is the Christmas is Sharing program where CCCAC coordinates the adoption of children from families of Camden County. Child Advocacy Council also helps provide gifts for children in the Children’s Division Foster Care Program of Camden County.


The CCCAC will host the 18th annual Trivia Challenge Saturday, April 13 at Tan-Tar-A Salon C. Doors open at 6 p.m., hors d'oeuvres are served at 6:30 p.m. and trivia starts at 7 p.m. K.B. of KRMS radio will be back by popular demand as emcee.

Tables of six people will compete against each other to see who knows the most trivia. Trivia will again have musical questions at the end of each of the eight rounds of ten questions. A cash bar will also be available. The cost is $25 per person at the door. Register by Friday, April 12 and the cost in only $20 per person.

A silent auction will also take place the same night as the trivia challenge with all proceeds going to the CCCAC. To register for the trivia challenge, please send in checks made payable to CCCAC to P.O. Box 1002, Camdenton, Mo., 65020.

5K Run/Walk into Awareness

This is the third year that the CCCAC will hold the “5K Run/Walk into Awareness” at Bob Shore Stadium at Camdenton High School. The 5K, unlike most, is held at dusk. Last year, 120 participants ran in the 5K: those that ran the 5K timed for prizes, those that ran the 5K for self-fulfillment and individuals or families that walked the 12 1⁄2 laps for a cause... awareness of child abuse.

The entry fee for those running the 5K is $20 prior to 4/5 and $25 after. This fee includes a t-shirt and prizes are awarded to the top three finishers in three categories of men, women and children (up to age 18). For those that are not running for prizes the fee is $3 per individual or $10 per family (in the same household). Each participant will receive a child abuse awareness item for participating also.

Kids’ Harbor and CADV will join our efforts this year in helping make the community more aware of child abuse and ways of prevention and will have a booth set up with more information about each of their organizations and how they help.

“Although our 5K helps us raise funds to support many of our programs that we do, we are not out to make a huge profit on it. Our mission for our 5K is to get families out for a fun evening,” Rhonda Wilkening, Child Abuse Prevention Month Chairman, said. “No matter if they run or walk it is a time to be together and a time for us to bring awareness to the community about child abuse and neglect and to recognize and honor the number of children who are abused or killed each year in Missouri by having a ‘balloon glow’ release after the presentation of awards.”

For more information on the 5K, please contact Rhonda Wilkening at 314-873-3531.