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 19 at Nomahegan Park in Cranford, including free family activities and a family fun walk. The rain date for the event will be Saturday, October 26 at the same time and location.
“The Red Ribbon Walk is a great opportunity for parents to start talking about healthy living in a positive, welcoming environment. The Freeholder Board is very proud to support this valuable community service,” said Union County Freeholder Chairman Linda Carter.
The Red Ribbon Drug Prevention Walk is held from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and will include free activities such as a petting zoo, field games, face painting, and a helicopter landing.
The Walk portion of the event will begin at approximately 12:30, at the conclusion of the Formal Ceremony.
Organizations can also raise funds for the Red Ribbon Drug Prevention Walk through a unique 50/50 fundraiser where a charity or group of your choice receives half of the donations you collect. For information visit Prevention Links, a Red Ribbon sponsor, at preventionlinks.org or call 732-381-4100.
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.