On the first episode of NBC’s new show, The Celebrity Apprentice, Boy George won $50,000 for the charity of his choice, Safe Kids Worldwide, whose mission is to protect kids from the No. 1 cause of death to children in the United States, unintentional injuries. The Miller-Dwan Foundation shares Boy George’s passion. MDF has granted funds to Safe Kids Northeast Minnesota (NEMN), one of five coalitions in the state, to support programs such as car-seat checkups, safety workshops and sports clinics, that help parents and caregivers prevent childhood injuries.
“When we talk about preventing injuries, we’re not talking about skinned knees, bruised shins and scraped elbows,” says Allison Nicolson, Injury Prevention Coordinator for the Essentia Health Trauma program. “Those are the telltale signs of a curious child, exploring the world, pushing limits and seeking adventure. But there are things we can all do to ensure that those bumps and bruises don’t turn into more disabling injuries and deaths. We focus on the serious injuries.”
Safe Kids NE MN hosted 80 awareness raising events in the community last year, connecting with almost 8,000 children and their families. Programs included: In and Around Cars; Child Passenger Safety; Water Safety; At Home and At Play Safety; Fire Prevention; Winter Safety; Poison Safety and Wheeled Toys/Helmet/Concussion Safety.