Eight Cities Participating in Statewide September 14 Fundraiser

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – The New Mexico Child Abuse Prevention Program (NM-CAPP), an extension of the UNM Hospital Pediatric Department, along with the New Mexico Children Youth and Family Department (CYFD), present the 2ndAnnual 5K Walk-Run to Prevent Child Abuse, Saturday, September 14, at the Albuquerque Academy Field. Parking is at Hoffmantown Church, 8888 Harper Dr. NE.

The walk-run event, themed “Team New Mexico,” offers events for all ages (as well as prizes, games and face-painting):

7:30 a.m. Main 5K Walk-Run

8 a.m. Mommy Walk

8:30 a.m. 50-Yard Dash (2-3 year old)

8:45 a.m. 50-Yard Dash (4-5 year old)

9 a.m. Awards Ceremony

Tickets can be purchased online athttp://nmcapp.unm.edu/or at the event. Admission for adults is $25; ages 10-18, $10; children under 10 are free; and a family pass is $50. All proceeds will go to child abuse public awareness, research, education, public policy, access and change in Albuquerque and New Mexico.

In addition to the Albuquerque 5K event, NM-CAPP is supporting 5K Walk-Runs concurrently in Alamogordo/Ruidoso, Las Cruces, Elephant Butte/T or C, and Shiprock/Tse Daa K’aan chapter. “We submit that child abuse is 100-percent preventable and we’re taking that challenge statewide,” declares Dr. Susan Miller, NM-CAPP director; Clinical and Pediatric Psychologist with the UNM Department of Pediatrics.

NM-CAPP is a consortium of stakeholders throughout the state, each with its own mission relating to child abuse prevention, coming together to eliminate child abuse. The collaboration of NM-CAPP with these stakeholder organizations provides a structured, unified, diverse and comprehensive approach to the prevention of child abuse.

In 2010, New Mexico had the second highest rate of deaths in the nation at 3.74 per 100,000. In 2009, New Mexico had 30,235 total referrals for child abuse and neglect, and 3,328 children were substantiated or indicated as abused or neglected, a rate of 11.2 per 1,000 children.

For more information on NM-CAPP, visithttp://nmcapp.unm.edu/. For more information on the Precious Gems Gala, visithttp://nmcapp.unm.edu/events/preciousgems.html.
Contact: Luke Frank, 272-3322