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It takes a community to keep children and youth safe from fear, harm and violence

During Child Abuse Prevention Month in October, the Halton Children’s Aid Society is calling on the community to help protect children, youth and families.

We need your help. Everyone has a role to play in keeping children and youth safe. It is everyone’s duty to report any suspicion that a child or youth may be in need of protection.

The Halton Children’s Aid Society works hard to protect the children and youth of our community and to support families that need help. Last year, we received over 4,000 referrals about possible abuse and neglect of children and youth, completed over 2,000 investigations and provided ongoing services to more than 300 families.

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Protection of Halton’s children relies on people speaking up: CAS

Join the chorus of the concerned — all 4,434 of them, urges the Halton Children’s Aid Society. That’s how many times someone spoke up last year on behalf of children and youth whose safety they feared was in jeopardy.

In light of October’s designation as Child Abuse Prevention Month, the agency reminds residents they too have a responsibility to protect the youngest members of society. “It takes a community to keep children and youth safe from fear, harm and violence,” said the Halton CAS’s Executive Director Nancy McGillivray. “We need people to speak up for people who don’t feel they have a voice that can be heard.”

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Sports equipment drive at Mainway Arena

An annual sports equipment drive for those in need, locally and in far flung communities, is back for a fourth year.

Winch Group Benefits Consultants Inc. of Burlington is hosting its Fourth Annual Community Equipment Drive on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 9 a.m.–1 p.m., at Mainway Arena, at the corner of Walker’s Line and Mainway Drive.

Thousands of pieces of used sporting equipment have been donated through the equipment drive since 2010 to benefit young people on remote Northern Ontario First Nation reserves.

In 2012, a local component was added with about $750 in corporate donations directed to the Halton Children’s Aid Society, to help fund sport and extra-curricular activities for local children in need.

Halton CAS will be a beneficiary of the drive again this year with about $2,000 in funds expected to be directed to it.

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