UNION COUNTY – Following 12 successful years at Nomahegan Park in Cranford, the Union County Red Ribbon Day Drug Awareness Event will be held at Oak Ridge Park in Clark this year on Saturday, Oct. 22.
Supported by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Prevention Links and the Union County D.A.R.E. Officers Association, the Red Ribbon Campaign works to prevent substance abuse through awareness by bringing families together. Red Ribbon Day is packed with free children’s activities including such favorites as a petting zoo, pony rides, crafts, games, and helicopter landings. The activities take place from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Also a part of Red Ribbon Day this year, the Red Ribbon 5K Run will again be held at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22 at Oak Ridge Park. The USATF-certified course features a flat and rolling path on paved trails and local roads. The Red Ribbon Family Fun Walk at noon is an opportunity for families to participate in a healthy activity with their children. Registration will be opening soon. Check www.preventionlinks.org for more details.
The Union County Red Ribbon Drug Awareness Event is a long-standing countywide event that draws almost 4,000 people each year. Red Ribbon Day acts as a kick-off to many other Red Ribbon activities throughout the county. Coordinated by Prevention Links, this event is a collaborative effort of many partners from local, county, state, and federal agencies.
The 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.
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