Celebs Join Safe Kids Worldwide To Help Prevent Unintentional Injuries
By AskPatty on April 11, 2014
On Saturday afternoon, April 5, 2014 the Safe Kids Worldwide organization held its second annual Safe Kids Day at The Lot in West Hollywood, California, to raise awareness about preventable injuries, the number one killer amongst children in the United States.
Throughout the world, almost one million children die of an injury each year, and every one of these tragedies is preventable. A similar event is being held on Saturday, April 12 at the Highline Stages in New York City.
Special guests in attendance included: Drew Barrymore & Will Kopelman, Giuliana & Bill Rancic, Kendra Wilkinson & Hank Baskette, Ciara, Malin Akerman, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Ali Landry, Tom & Ashley Arnold, Cocoa Brown (The Single Moms Club), Alysia Montaño (Track & Field Olympian), Leonor Varela(Chilean model and actress), Matthew Hatchette (Former NFL Player), Neal & Ruve McDonough, Vanna White, Breckin Meyer, Garcelle Beauvais (actress), Tina Charles (WNBA player), Eden Sassoon (Founder of EDEN and daughter of Vidal Sassoon), Abbie Schiller (The Mother Company, Founder), Ruby (Ruby’s Studio: The Safety Show), Dr. Peter and Laurie Waldstein, Kate Carr (President and CEO of Safe Kids Worldwide), and more.
Guests were treated to a “Carnival” themed event featuring classic games and experiences that helped promote child safety, including a center stage ball pit teaching children about water safety, an oversized “in the eyes of a child” kitchen, and even “Click” the Talking Carseat Fortune Teller was on hand to teach children about seatbelt safety.
During story time, children sat eagerly in a semi-circle listening to Ciara read (and at times sing) children’s books Pete the Cat and his White Shoes and Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type. As if that wasn’t enough, Drew Barrymore joined in on the fun reading the classic children book, Hop on Pop by Dr Seuss. When finished, kids in the audience yelled to her to read When Miles Got Mad. In true Drew spirit, she happily obliged.
Nearby, WNBA all-star Tina Charles and former Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Matthew Hatchette were seen playing basketball with kids, while BMX pro Chris Clark performed his signature bicycle stunt show, teaching children about helmet safety.
General Motors donated several vehicles to educate participants about safey inside and around their cars. Demonstrations included a distracted driving simulator, and a digital thermometer showing how hot it gets inside a car, even on a relatively cool day. Another automotive safety awareness exercise demonstrated that, from inside even a small SUV, it is IMPOSSIBLE to see a kid on a tricycle just 10 feet behind the vehicle. Be careful when backing!
Safe Kids Day is presented by Children’s Tylenol with support from the General Motors Foundation, FedEx, Johnson & Johnson, American Airlines, Tyco and others. Safe Kids Worldwide is a global organization dedicated to protecting kids from unintentional injuries, the number one cause of death to children in the United States. Safe Kids works with an extensive network of more than 600 coalitions in the United States and in 23 countries to reduce traffic injuries, drownings, falls, burns, poisonings, and more. Since 1988, Safe Kids has helped reduce the U.S. childhood death rate from unintentional injury by 55 percent. Working together, we can do much more for kids everywhere. Join our effort at safekids.org.
Photo captions from top to bottom:
Top: Actor Breckin Meyer, Clover Meyer, Caitlin Meyer, Michael Gosselaar, Dekker Gosselaar, actor Mark Paul Gosselaar, Ava Gosselaar and Catriona McGinn attend Safe Kids Day Los Angeles 2014 at The Lot on April 5, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by John Sciulli/Getty Images for Safe Kids Worldwide)
Middle: Actress Drew Barrymore and Singer Ciara attend Safe Kids Day at The Lot on April 5, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images for Safe Kids Worldwide)
Bottom: Actor Breckin Meyer, Caitlin Willow Meyer and Clover Meyer attend Safe Kids Day at The Lot on April 5, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images for Safe Kids Worldwide)
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