PORTLAND, Ore. --On Saturday, May 6th, Safe Kids Portland Metro (lead organization AMR) and the Oregon Zoo will host the 19th annual Safe Kids Day. The theme, "Celebrate Kids, Prevent Injuries, Save Lives," will focus on raising awareness and taking simple steps, like wearing bike helmets, life jackets and seat belts, to prevent children from injuries. The event runs from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is free with zoo admission.
Preventable injuries are the number one cause of death of children in the United States, and millions more are injured in ways that can affect them for a lifetime.
Portland's event is part of a national celebration throughout the spring that includes more than 200 communities across the U.S. "Safe Kids Day is a wonderful opportunity for Portland area communities to celebrate kids, learn about how to keep them safe and, ultimately, save lives," says Lucie Drum, Coordinator for Safe Kids Portland Metro, "This is a day where we can all take action to protect kids at home, on the road and at play."
Highlights of the event include: Multnomah County Commissioner Sharon Meieran to assist with Raffle Prize drawing at 12:30 pm at the Safe Kids Prize Booth Fun activities for kids, information for parents and caregivers on how to keep kids active, healthy and safe Ten stations around the zoo will make up a "safety safari," with games for kids and safety information for the whole family. Every child who completes the safari receives a prize. Great visuals of happy kids and the Oregon Zoo!
Prizes include free bike helmets for the first 600 participants (kids AND parents), along with special raffle prizes such as bicycles and scooters. Sponsors include AMR, Oregon Zoo, FedEx, along with Safe Kids Partners from Doernbecher Tom Sargent Safety Center, Clackamas County Drive to Zero Program, Col-Tab, Inc, Legacy Trauma Nurses Talk Tough, Operation Lifesaver, Nocturnal i, LLC, ODOT, Portland Parks and Recreation Aquatics, Randall Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel, Safe Kids Washington County a ThinkFirst Oregon. First time parents/adults are eligible for helmets!
About Safe Kids Portland Metro and American Medical Response (AMR): Safe Kids Portland Metro has been helping kids and families in Clackamas and Multnomah Counties for the last 19 years. Coalition partners include: AMR (lead organization), Clackamas Drive to Zero, Doernbecher Children's Hospital, Hillsboro Fire Department, Oregon Poison Center, Oregon Burn Center, Portland Fire & Rescue, Legacy Health Systems, Randall Children's Hospital, Trauma Nurses Talk Tough,ThinkFirst Oregon at OHSU, TVFR and other area fire departments and law enforcement agencies. Locally, AMR provides ambulance service and medical transportation in Multnomah, Clackamas and Clark Counties. AMR and predecessor companies have served Portland area communities since 1913.