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Be aware fair

By Cpl. Sarah Cherry | | October 4, 2013


A carnival-style, light-hearted Be Aware Fair brought the community together while teaching families about a much heavier topic aboard Laurel Bay, Sept. 28.

   “We’re out here to raise awareness for drug demand reduction and domestic violence,” said Ginny Wescott, Family Advocacy Program prevention and training.

   The event kicked off a month of national awareness promoting a reduction in drug demand and awareness of domestic violence.

   “We’re giving families and the community our support and showing them the resources that are there if they’re in one of those situations,” said Wescott.

   Some of those resources include military family life consultants, drug demand reduction, family counseling, prevention and education, clinical counseling and victim advocacy program.

   “The purpose of the event is to make people aware of all the opportunities that MCCS provides for drug demand reduction, and for families to get together and use the resources we have on the facility,” said Col. Brian Murtha, commanding officer of Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort.

   Despite the gravity drug abuse and domestic violence bring, families were able to enjoy themselves.    Kids played on inflatable obstacle courses, climbing and sliding. Grinning faces were seen and giggles heard as kids spun around on rides.

   “It brings the community together,” Murtha said. “The kids’ faces are shining, they’re running with their parents and they’re enjoying the good food and the good camaraderie.”

   For more information on available programs call 228-6126 (Air Station) or 228-2044 (Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island).