Go Blue 4 Kids is a month-long campaign to raise awareness of and prevent child abuse in our community. Launched to coincide with National Child Abuse Prevention Month, McMahon Ryan asks the community to purchase and display pinwheels, attend special fundraising events and make donations to the organization each April.
The blue pinwheel is a national symbol of child abuse and neglect prevention. In our Onondaga County community, it stands as an uplifting reminder that all children deserve a happy childhood and future.
Purchasing these pinwheels for your residence or workplace is just one way to get involved with the McMahon Ryan mission to build a community free from child abuse through prevention, intervention, and education. “Blow Away” family, friends or co-workers with 25 pinwheels either planted on a lawn or delivered to work. They, in turn, will be challenged to blow someone else away, extending the reach of awareness and fundraising.
Attending one of our signature events is another simple way to show your support. We kick off each April with the Go Blue 4 Kids Breakfast, which features an inspiring guest speaker. The Pinwheel Ball is a black-tie affair that includes premier live entertainment and outstanding auction items. We add a little family-friendly fun with the Step Up 4 Kids 5K & Kids Fun Run to close the month.
Giving to one of our 100 Holes 4 Kids golfers is another great way to get involved. Each year, a committed group of community leaders and local players hit the links for a 12-hour marathon round of golf. Help each raise a minimum of $3,000 to acknowledge their admirable efforts to raise money and awareness.
Donating to McMahon Ryan directly impacts our community as we offer critical services to Onondaga County’s most vulnerable population. Each year, the Center assists more than 1,000 victims of child abuse with help from gifts of any amount. Go Blue 4 Kids and make April your month to give to McMahon Ryan.
There’re even more ways to Go Blue 4 Kids this April as we are always in need of volunteers. You can also work with our staff to host your own event. Recruit co-workers to get involved with the cause by organizing a “Blue Jeans Day” that raises money for McMahon Ryan at work.
However you choose to Go Blue 4 Kids, share your experience and help raise awareness by using the #GoBlue4Kids hashtag on social media and following @McMahonRyanCAC on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.