Valley Businesses Help to Promote August Drowning Awareness Month
The Phoenix Children’s Hospital has named August Drowning Awareness Month in Arizona, and many clients of The Media Push are stepping up to help support the cause.
Arizona has seen plenty of headlines about child drownings, and about the economic downturn, as well. This year, however, the two issues may combine to create an unforeseen and deadly effect: an increased risk of child drownings. As families struggle to pay for pool fences, swimming lessons, child care, and CPR instruction, “stay-cations” mean more time spent by the family pool, and increasingly stressed and distracted caregivers. Ten children have drowned to date in Maricopa County, as compared to nine, as of July 31st, 2008.
This is the sixth year that the Phoenix Children’s Hospital has designated August as Drowning Impact Awareness Month (DIAM). Water Watchers at Phoenix Children’s Hospital exists to increase community education and awareness of the issue of child drowning, and to help the community learn more about drowning through research. Phoenix Children’s Hospital will be distributing over 75,000 purple ribbons to remind people to protect kids around water. You will see the purple ribbons at Hospitals, local Fire Departments, businesses, schools, churches and worn by media.
The following businesses of The Media Push will also be a pick-up location for purple ribbons throughout the month of August.
• FAMOUS DAVE’S Restaurants in Peoria, Chandler and Mesa : Servers and managers will wear the ribbons and offer up information to interested diners on how to make a difference or show their support of this campaign. Famous Dave’s will also be holding a coloring contest for the kids that come in and eat at Famous Dave’s. Winner’s get a free Lil Wilbur Meal!
• NARPRO (Neighborhood Auto Repair Professional Network): Ribbons are available at these quality auto repair shops across the Valley. Go to http://www.narpro.com for a location near your home or work.
• DERMA HEALTH INSTITUTE in Ahwatukee, Chandler, Mesa and Paradise Valley: http://www.dhiskin.com for exact locations.
• COMMUNITY TIRE AND AUTO SERVICE in Glendale and Phoenix: http://www.communitytireaz.com
Also, DONLEY SERVICE CENTER, a Valley-based AC/Plumbing/Solar and Heating Company will have magnetic purple ribbons on their service vehicles.
For more information about August as Drowning Awareness Month go to http://phoenixchildrens.com/ and http://www.preventdrownings.org/go/
Please pick up a purple ribbon to show your support. Awareness is free!