The Red Ribbon Drug Prevention Walk returns to Nomahegan Park this year!
Join us as we unite families and community members committed to prevention addiction!
Prevention Links and the Health and Wellness Coalition of Union County will join together with community members to support substance abuse prevention, treatment, and recovery at the 15th Annual Union County Red Ribbon Drug Prevention Walk on Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Nomahegan Park in Cranford. The rain date for this event will be Saturday, October 26 at the same location. This event is a countywide kickoff celebrating Red Ribbon Drug Prevention Week throughout Union County. Red Ribbon is celebrated locally and nationally to increase awareness and support for substance abuse prevention, treatment, and recovery.
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Join us in making the Red Ribbon Drug Prevention Walk a huge success while raising money for your cause/program or favorite charity too.
Prevention Links has created a web based fundraising page that is designed to allow any municipal alliance, agency or group of people to register a team to Walk to raise money.
Prevention Links has assumed the cost of setting up this online forum to create your Fund Raising Team and Prevention Links will host the entire Red Ribbon Drug Prevention Walk which includes a full day of fun family friendly activities. All you need to do is register your team to Walk, set up your fund raising page, reach out to friends and supporters to raise money that will be split 50/50 between your team and Prevention Links. It is that simple! Please review all the Rules and Regulations before forming your team. 50/50 Rules
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The Story Of Red Ribbon
Red Ribbon Week commemorates the ultimate sacrifice made by DEA Special Agent Enrique "Kiki" Camarena, who died at the hands of drug traffickers in Mexico while fighting the battle against illegal drugs to keep our country and children safe.
Enrique "Kiki" Camarena grew up in a dirt-floored house with hopes and dreams of making a difference. Camarena worked his way through college, served in the Marines and became a police officer.
When he decided to join the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, his mother tried to talk him out it. "I can't not do this," he told her. "I'm only one person, but I want to make a difference."
The DEA sent Camarena to work undercover in Mexico investigating a major drug cartel believed to include officers in the Mexican army, police and government. On Feb. 7, 1985, the 37-year-old Camarena left his office to meet his wife for lunch. Five men appeared at the agent's side and shoved him in a car. One month later, Camarena's body was found in a shallow grave. He had been tortured to death.
In honor of Camarena's memory and his battle against illegal drugs, friends and neighbors began to wear red badges of satin. Parents, sick of the destruction of alcohol and other drugs, had begun forming coalitions. Some of these new coalitions took Camarena as their model and embraced his belief that one person can make a difference. These coalitions also adopted the symbol of Camarena's memory the red ribbon.
The National Family Partnership organized the first Red Ribbon Campaign in 1988. Since that time, the campaign has reached millions of U.S. children.