Red Ribbon Day
Prevention Links and the Union County D.A.R.E. Officers Association annually hold a family fun day to kick off the start of Red Ribbon Week here in Union County. Save the date October 20, 2012 at Oak Ridge Park in Clark.
Everyone Knows Someone……..Lets Prevent the Next One
Fund Rasing for Red Ribbon Day!
The Concept: We know how hard it is to raise money for your class project, non-profit programs, dance clubs, sports teams, etc. and we also know how important these programs and activities are in preventing substance abuse and supporting families and individuals in recovery. Prevention Links has provided a platform for your group to reach a large audience in order to raise money for YOUR cause And to support Prevention Links with the programs we implement throughout Union County. www.firstgivng.com/preventionlinks/redribbon
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.