Guam – Each year communities nationwide join together to raise awareness about the dangers of drug abuse by wearing a red ribbon from October 23rd to 31st, which is the National Red Ribbon Week. However, on Guam, various activities have been scheduled throughout the month of October to celebrate the Red Ribbon Campaign.
Guam’s Red Ribbon Coalition includes local and federal agencies, and private and non-profit organizations that have partnered to increase awareness of the National Red Ribbon Campaign’s significance and promote a drug-free Guam. This year’s theme is “A Healthy Me Is Drug Free!” The campaign provides communities with a forum to bring together parents, schools and businesses to find new and innovative ways to keep kids drug free.
Red Ribbon Week will kick off with a Proclamation Signing at the U.S. District Courthouse on October 1, 2013, and an island-wide poster contest and gate decorating contest open to all schools.
In addition, coalition members are conducting drug awareness presentations at various schools.
The following activities have been slated for Red Ribbon Week 2013:
2013 Red Ribbon Week Activities
- Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, Proclamation Signing by Governor Eddie Calvo at the U.S. District Court, 4th Floor, 10:00am-12:00pm
- Monday, Oct. 14, 2013, Poster Decorating and School Gate Decorating contest deadline. Open to all schools
- Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, Legislative Resolution Presentation by Senator Frank B. Aguon, at the Judiciary of Guam, Supreme Court of Guam, 3rd Floor, 9:00am
- Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, Community Outreach/Poster Contest Judging/Basketball Competition (cash prizes for basketball competition) at the Guam Premier Outlets, 10:00am-2:00pm
- Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, Red Ribbon Wave in Hagatna in front of Skinner Plaza, 4:30-5:30pm,
- Show time 4:00 pm
- Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, Say “Boo!” to Drugs, Agana Shopping Center, 4:00-6:00pm,
- Poster and Gate Decorating Contest Winners Award Presentation
- Sept. 30-Oct. 31, 2013, Various TV, Radio and Print Media
The first Red Ribbon Celebration was organized in 1986 by a grassroots organization of parents concerned about the destruction caused by alcohol and drug abuse. The red ribbon was adopted as a symbol of the movement in honor of Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, an agent with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration who was kidnapped and killed while investigating drug traffickers. The Campaign has reached millions of children and has been recognized by the U.S. Congress. Red Ribbon Week is a chance to be visible and vocal in our desire for a drug-free community. Research shows that children are less likely to use alcohol and other drugs when parents and other role models are clear and consistent in their opposition to substance use and abuse.
These activities are made possible by the Red Ribbon Campaign Committee, which is comprised of the Judiciary of Guam-Probation/Juvenile Drug Court; Drug Enforcement Administration; Guam National Guard Counterdrug Program; District Court of Guam and U.S. Probation Office for the Districts of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands (NMI); U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Districts of Guam and the NMI; Guam Customs and Quarantine Agency; Guam Department of Education; U.S. Department of Defense Educational Activities; Guam Fire Department; Guam Police Department; Mayor’s Council of Guam; Marine Corps Activity, Guam; U.S. Naval Hospital Guam; U.S. Air Force 36th Wing; Big Brothers Big Sisters of Guam; Guam Chamber of Commerce; Agana Shopping Center; Advance Management, Inc.; WestCare-Pacific Islands; U.S. Coast Guard; Guam Premier Outlets (GPO); Office of the Governor; I Mina’Trentai Dos Na Liheslaturan Guahan; Office of the Attorney General of Guam; Island Girl Power; Sanctuary, Incorporated; KUAM; Marianas Variety; Pacific Daily News; Sorenson Media Group; Tango, Inc. dba: Micronesia Mall and Stadium Theaters; Pacific American Title; Hollywood Theaters-Guam Megaplex Cinemas; Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Guam Joint Region Marianas; U.S. Marshals Service; U.S. Naval Base Guam; Department of Corrections; Department of Youth Affairs; Victim Advocates Reaching Out (VARO); Youth for Youth LIVE!; Micronesia Mall; KIJI FM 104.3; ISLA 63.
For more information about Red Ribbon Week, please contact Lisa Cruz at 647-2769.