The Keith Edmonds Foundation, a non-profit that works with children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect, will host the inaugural Shine the Light event at Cumberland University on Saturday, April 29, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Organizers describe the event as "an upbeat, positive, inspiring day, offering fun-filled activities for the entire family to enjoy" and "a day when history will be made." Children will be able to enjoy inflatables, face-painting and more. There will be food, music and vendors. Bruin the therapy dog will make an appearance, Dairy Queen will be on hand to offer a chance to win free lunch twice monthly for a year and the event is free of charge.
And while Shine the Light is focused on family fun, information will be available on the signs of child abuse, what to do if you suspect child abuse and the phone number for the child abuse hotline. This month is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and the Keith Edmonds Foundation seeks to increase public awareness of the ever-increasing issue.
During Shine the Light, Wilson County schools will compete for the first-ever Joshua Osborne Award. The school with the most students in attendance will receive the honor, named in memory of the victim of one of Wilson County's worst cases of child abuse.
The national symbol of child abuse is the pinwheel, and it will be featured in the day's highlight. Plans call for a gigantic human pinwheel to be formed, and an aerial photo will be taken. Organizers say this has never been done, and Congresswoman Diane Black will be in attendance and will speak as the pinwheel is completed.
To learn more, visit keithedmondsfoundation.org.