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October 22, 2013

Owl Club plants ‘Pinwheels for Prevention’ garden

DUNCAN — As the Duncan community has driven by Sanford Children’s Clinic this week, the glimmer of blue and silver may have caught many pairs of eyes.

There are 90 blue and silver pinwheels stuck in the ground around the clinic’s sign right off Elk Ave., west of Duncan Regional Hospital. Put there by the General Federation of Women’s Clubs Owl Club of Duncan, their purpose is to draw recognition to child abuse prevention.

“It’s a new project in conjunction with our national federation,” said Flora Diffie, Owl Club president. “There are at least 900 thousand of these pinwheels now planted across the nation.”

GFWC, an international women’s organization dedicated to community improvement by enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service, declared the fourth week of October as Advocates for Children Week. Individual clubs were given suggestions of how to carry out the project throughout the week.

One idea was to raise awareness about child safety and well-being by participating in Prevent Child Abuse America’s Pinwheels for Prevention campaign. The Owl Club decided to plant a pinwheel garden.

“We all know about (child abuse) but it still needs attention,” said Diffie. “I taught school for 19 years and saw many neglected and abused children.”

Several Owl Club members met Monday morning to plant the pinwheel garden. Members were also dressed in blue and silver, the colors that denote child abuse awareness.

“I think it’s a personal responsibility to make a difference,” said Virginia LaQuey, club member. “This (Sanford Children’s) is an excellent place to put the pinwheels.”

A few Sanford staff members came outside to admire the women’s handiwork.

“In the community, I think something like this is very important,” said Temo Ibarra, Sanford executive director.

“It’s good to have a voice out there for the children, who will stand up for them. If you change only one kid’s life, you’ve met the purpose.”

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