UNION COUNTY, NJ - Union County’s annual Red Ribbon Drug Prevention Walk features a full slate of free children’s activities, all in the cause of raising awareness about preventing drug and alcohol abuse. This year’s Red Ribbon Drug Prevention Walk will be held on Saturday, October 18 at Nomahegan Park in Cranford, including free family activities and a family fun walk. The rain date for the event will be Saturday, October 25 at the same time and location.

“Red Ribbon Day helps you talk to your children about positive, healthy choices while they are still very young,” said Freeholder Chairman Christopher Hudak. “It helps you lay a good foundation for family communication, which will become all the more important as your children grow older and encounter new challenges.”

The Red Ribbon Drug Prevention Walk is held from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and will include free activities such as a petting zoo, field games, face painting, and a helicopter landing.

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The Walk portion of the event will begin at approximately 10:30 with the Formal Ceremony taking place immediately after.

Individuals, families, and organizations can register for the walk to support the Raymond J. Lesniak Experience-Strength-Hope Recovery High School, the first public recovery high school in the state of New Jersey. Recovery High School is the newest addition to the award-winning, nationally recognized Union County Vocational-Technical Schools District. Administration of the school comes under the non-profit organization Prevention Links, a Red Ribbon sponsor.

The national Red Ribbon Drug Awareness Campaign commemorates the life of Special Agent Enrique "Kiki" Camarena, who died at the hands of drug traffickers in Mexico while conducting an undercover investigation of a major drug cartel. Camarena worked his way through college, served in the Marines and became a police officer before joining the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

The Red Ribbon Drug Prevention Walk is supported by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Prevention Links and the Union County D.A.R.E. Officers Association.

For more information about the Red Ribbon Campaign, Recovery High School, and all Red Ribbon activities, contact Prevention Links at info@preventionlinks.org or 732-381-4100.

For information about Union County parks visit ucnj.org or call 908-527-4900.

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