Did you know that every 47 seconds a child is hurt by abuse? As a result, there are five US deaths each day. These numbers are staggering! At MSR, we believe no child should ever have to experience such pain and anguish; and that with mindfulness and education, each of us can help make a difference in the lives of others. That’s why we actively donate our time and resources on a pro-bono basis to help raise awareness for the San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center (SFCAPC). The Center offers free programs and services to our community which help educate families about abuse and neglect; and prevention.
In honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month, the SFCAPC hosts its ‘Annual Blue Ribbon Luncheon’ to better familiarize the broad public with the signs and consequences of child abuse. This year marks an especially significant milestone. The Center will celebrate 40 years in its quest to help protect children in the San Francisco Bay Area. Olympic gold medalist, Hall of Fame boxer, and humanitarian, Sugar Ray Leonard will keynote the luncheon on Friday, April 26th at the Four Seasons Hotel. Leonard has leveraged his stature to become a motivational speaker, actor, and spokesperson for victims of child abuse.
Why get involved in such a difficult cause? Because child abuse is everybody’s business! It knows no boundaries. It crosses all economic and religious strata. And, in a city like San Francisco where there exists the highest rate of abuse in the Bay Area, it’s critical that these issues are addressed front and center, as often as possible. As SFCAPC’s Executive Director, Katie Albright suggests in her interview with ABC News anchor and Blue Ribbon Luncheon Master of Ceremonies, Cheryl Jennings, “Child abuse is something we have to solve. There is hope. There are solutions to help prevent abuse and neglect. It really does take a village.”
We congratulate and thank the San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center for its tremendous impact on the lives of our community members. We hope you’ll take a moment to learn more and join us in our efforts to help end child abuse and neglect. www.sfcapc.org