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Radiothon to End Child Abuse Dec. 5-6

The Radiothon to End Child Abuse is a way to raise funds for the Hubbard County Child Abuse Prevention Council.

The annual fundraiser is from noon Thursday, Dec. 5 through noon Friday, Dec. 6.

Money raised by the radiothon benefits the Hubbard County Child Abuse PreventionCouncil.

The Hubbard County Child Abuse Prevention Council is made up of a group of concerned citizens whose main goal is to reduce the number of child abuse instances in Hubbard County. It is their vision to continue to work with programs that directly impact children and families that are in need of support.

In the past year, the Hubbard County CAPC’s main objectives were to continue funding of Mahube Crisis Care and the SAFE Parks Program. This is made possible by the money raised through the Radiothon. Crisis Care’s mission is to provide a safe place for children during a time of crisis. The crisis may be any situation which places stress on parents or guardians, which, in turn, could be harmful to their children. This program not only provides a safe place for children, but also refers parents to other resources in the community to help them solve problems over the longer term.

The SAFE Parks Program takes place in three communities throughout Hubbard County. Park Rapids, Guthrie and Akeley all participate in this program. The objective of SAFE Parks is to provide a Safe and Fun Environment for all the children who participate.

In addition, the Hubbard County CAPC sponsored various activities for Child Abuse Prevention Month in April. One of the activities was for students to decorate bookmarks for the local libraries. These bookmarks stated: Hands are not for hitting. I use them for... Students were given the opportunity to tell what they like to use their hands for. Another activity was for students to depict in sidewalk chalk the positive experiences they have with their families. These pictures were completed on the sidewalk in front of the schools.

The first Radiothon to End Child Abuse was in 1987 and organized by Lou Buron and Mary Campbell at a Twin Cities radio station. Lou was chairman of the Minnesota Committee for the Prevention of Child Abuse. The MCPCA was short of funding and the radiothon was created to help bridge the gap. MCPCA’s name was later changed to Prevent Child Abuse Minnesota.

The Campbells formed Omni Broadcasting in 1989 and moved to Bemidji. They continued the radiothon to raise money for local communities.

In 1994 Omni Broadcasting expanded the radiothon to the Brainerd Lakes area. In 2005 the Omni radiothon network added Wadena stations.

Since the inception of the Radiothon to End Child Abuse in 1989, close to a million dollars has been raised to help end child abuse and neglect in Beltrami, Cass, Clearwater and Hubbard Counties.

In 2012, $48,404.85 was raised.

When a pledge is received during the Radiothon, callers can designate if they want their donation earmarked for one of four counties (Beltrami, Cass, Clearwater or Hubbard) or the donation can be shared equally by all four counties.

Prevent Child Abuse Minnesota (PCAMN) also shares in the money raised.

Each agency must follow established criteria for using the funds to ensure the money is used for the right cause.

The phone number to pledge is 866-254-6761 or pledge online at A web auction is also being held to raise money at that web site.

Anna Erickson
Anna Erickson is editor of the Wadena Pioneer Journal.
(218) 631-2561