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Looking back to the '80s as Safe Kids Wichita Area turns 30

Safe Kids Wichita Area Coalition is celebrating its 30th birthday and is inviting the community to join them!
 
An ‘80s-themed fundraiser will take place from 6 – 9 p.m. Thursday, May 2, at the Cowtown Visitors Center. It will kick off with a social hour, followed by a dinner donated by the Wichita chapter of the American Culinary Federation and an awards ceremony. Other activities for the event, for which tickets are $25 per person, include a cash bar and silent auction. 
 
To keep it fun, ‘80’s attire is encouraged.
 
Ascension Via Christi Hospitals in Wichita is the lead organization for the Safe Kids Wichita Area Coalition, a member of Safe Kids Worldwide. Their mission: Helping
prevent accidental childhood injury to children up to age 19.
 
Locally, the Safe Kids Coalition:
Conducts bi-weekly community car seat checkups
Donates car seats to low-income Wichita-area families
Makes bike helmets available at reduced cost through area organizations
Donates smoke detectors to local fire departments for distribution to low-income families with children
Provides safety education to local groups conducting child safety activities
Educates more than 5,000 area students each year on fire and burn safety
Collaborates with the Wichita Police Department and community groups in holding bicycle safety clinics
Conducts special projects, such as the construction of new crosswalks and pedestrian safety signs at area schools.
 
Says Ronda Lusk, the Ascension Via Christi Trauma Services Outreach coordinator who has served at the helm of the local Safe Kids coalition for the past 14 years: “Overall, we serve as a resource for the community to see that parents and caregivers have the information they need to play a proactive role in keeping their kids safe.”
For more information about the Safe Kids Wichita Area anniversary celebration, or to find out how you can help us keep kids safe, email ronda.lusk@ascension.org, or call 316-268-6760.
 
About Roz Hutchinson

Roz Hutchinson is a Wichita wife, mother and chief spoiler of six grandkids and three Chihuahuas, a die-hard women's basketball fan, and director of Communications and Public Relations for Ascension Via Christi.