Friday, 23 October 2009 00:00
“We are strongly committed to a drug-free city,” was the message on Tuesday, Oct. 13, when the Glen Cove City Council proclaimed Oct. 23 – 31, as Red Ribbon Week in the City of Glen Cove. Along with SAFE’s PRIDE Project Coalition, the city, in support of its Prevention Policy Statement, recognized the need to mobilize and engage this community to provide a unified prevention message. Across Glen Cove, all citizens are invited to promote a healthy, substance-free lifestyle by displaying red ribbons in support of the campaign.
In presenting the proclamation to SAFE’s PRIDE Project Coalition coordinator, Cathy Samuels and Community Committee member Pat Workman, Mayor Suozzi said, “I am proud that so many agencies and individuals in our community have come together to collaborate on this very important cause. SAFE’s Red Ribbon Week Campaign is a wonderful opportunity for us to reach out to our youth to increase awareness about the dangers of substance abuse. Working together we can send a strong message that substance abuse will not be tolerated and that we will do everything we can to educate families on the importance of prevention.”
Red Ribbon Week is a national drug awareness campaign that started in 1985 to address the important need of substance abuse prevention. Red Ribbon Week Celebrations will be held across the country and in Glen Cove’s elementary schools. The celebrations provide opportunities to raise awareness and draw attention to the need for prevention. The red ribbon is a national symbol of community dedication to substance abuse education and prevention. “SAFE, Inc. is very committed to support our school district in this effort to educate our children”, stated Georgie Connett, SAFE’s board chair.
In addition to the Glen Cove School District, the Glen Cove Police Department, IAC, North Shore Clergy, businesses, parents and city agencies will join in Glen Cove’s Red Ribbon Week Campaign and display red ribbons in support of the campaign. The PRIDE Coalition Community Committee has been distributing ribbons across the city to parents, businesses, the IAC, and the North Shore Clergy. The committee developed the proclamation and presented it to the Council for adoption.
PRIDE Coalition Community Committee chair, Councilman Tony Jimenez added, “Red Ribbon Week provides our community with a unified prevention message which encourages healthy futures for our children and youth.”
For more information regarding the Red Ribbon Week Campaign or if you are interested in volunteering for the campaign, go to www.safeglencove.org or contact Executive Director Dr. Sharon E. Harris or PRIDE Project Coalition Coordinator Cathy Samuels at 676-2008.