High Sky Children’s Ranch and the West Texas Children’s Advocacy Center have once again partnered to host the Eighth Annual West Texas Child Abuse Awareness Family FunFair in Sweetwater. The FunFair will be held at the Nolan County Coliseum Annex on Wednesday, April 10, from 4-6:30 p.m. The Time of Remembrance will start at 6 p.m. and organizers ask that everybody stay for the ceremony honoring children who have been victims of child abuse.
Eight years ago both agencies decided that more needed to be done to assure that the communities become aware that child abuse was a problem. It was found that the general public and some community leaders were unaware that child abuse existed and needed to be reported. HSCR and WTCAC decided to work together to help stop child abuse, help teach awareness of child abuse and involve local community leaders and other agencies in their endeavor. This commitment led to the development of the West Texas Family FunFair.
For the last eight years, High Sky Children’s Ranch and The West Texas Children’s Advocacy Center have been sponsoring this event to great success. This event is a family-oriented program focused on family time and its importance. Organizations that work with families are invited to attend this event and encouraged to bring information to promote their services. Organizations are also welcome to bring a game and prizes if they wish. Families are encouraged to visit each booth and receive information about each agency. A concession stand is also provided during the FunFair at no charge, sponsored by the Sweetwater Kiwanis Club. This year they will be serving Frito pies, nachos and drinks. Organizers stress that there is nothing is sold at the event — everything at the event is free. Families enjoy a great time of games, food and door prizes during this two and a half hour free event. Door prizes are donated by local businesses. Once again for the eighth year, Casa Morales has donated two bikes to be given away and HSCR and WTCAC have donated a grill to be given away. Other door prizes include a haircut and style from Today's Headlines, an oil change from Mustang Tire, meal gift certificates from Skeet's Texas Grill, breakfast and lunch plates from Lisa's Cocina and many more. Also, Region 14 is sponsoring a live remote broadcast from KXOX Radio at the event.
The highlight of the event is the Time of Remembrance for child abuse victims. Local community leaders attend this event and during this time city and county officials declare April as Child Abuse Prevention Month.
This event has been effective and families are given a chance to participate in a fun time free of charge. Each year organizers have relied on donations from local businesses to make this a successful event. "We are asking for your participation once again for this great time of family fun time," said Javier Franco with High Sky Children's Ranch.
Organizations who would like to have a booth or if you have any questions, feel free to contact Franco at 325-235-8487 or Madison Black with the West Texas Children’s Advocacy Center at 325-235-1818.