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BIRMINGHAM - The Alabama Log A Load for Kids Foundation (Log a Load) Longleaf and Wiregrass divisions will host two events in the Wiregrass area to benefit Children’s Hospital Intervention and Prevention Services (CHIPS Center). The annual Log a Load for Kids Golf Tournament sponsored by the Longleaf Division will be held on Thursday, April 27 in Brewton. The 16th Annual Saddle Up Trail Ride sponsored by the Wiregrass Division will be on Saturday, May 6 in Abbeville.
Log a Load is a statewide campaign sponsored by the Alabama Loggers Council and the Alabama Forestry Association. Their goal is to unite loggers, landowners, foresters and wood products manufacturers to benefit Alabama’s critically ill, injured and abused children. Since its inception in 1992, Alabama’s Log a Load program has provided more than $7 million to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in Alabama, including Children’s of Alabama.
In 1995, Log a Load committed $750,000 to start the CHIPS Center, Alabama’s first statewide child-abuse treatment center. The CHIPS Center promotes health and healing for Alabama children who have suffered abuse or neglect, providing forensic medical evaluations, social work support services, counseling services, and prevention education services. With April being Child Abuse Prevention Month, these events are especially important to the CHIPS Center at Children’s.
“Without the partnership of the loggers, CHIPS Center would not have come into existence in 1995. The loggers embraced the needs of the littlest victims of child abuse. They are the voices for these children affected by this silent epidemic,” said Debra Schneider, CHIPS Center Director.
Last year the Log a Load Longleaf Division’s golf tournament raised $25,000 for the CHIPS Center. Registration for the tournament will start at 9 a.m. on April 27 at the Country Club of Brewton. Team registration for the tournament is full; however, sponsorships and team vouchers are still available.
Additionally, the Henry County Horse and Saddle Club, in conjunction with Log a Load Wiregrass Division, has raised more than $85,000 for the CHIPS Center since it started hosting the trail rides.
“We had our first ride in 2002 and raised $3,505. It was so fun to see our special guests, patients and their families, enjoy interacting with our horses and knowing that we were doing something to help kids just like them receive treatment,” said Leigh Watford, Saddle Up Trail Ride organizer. “Everyone hopes and prays that they will never need the specialized care that is offered at Children's, but we never know what the future has in store.”
The Saddle Up Trail Ride will begin at 1:30 p.m. on May 6 at the farm of Henry County Sheriff William Maddox and wife Debbie Maddox (2651 County Road 53, Abbeville). A cookout will follow the ride. The family-friendly event is open to riders and non-riders. Admission is $15 for riders and $5 for non-riders.
For more information on the events, contact Carmen Maddox at 334-333-5876 or Carmen.Maddox@childrensal.org.
Since 1911, Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children, offering inpatient and outpatient services throughout central Alabama. Ranked among the best pediatric medical centers in the nation by US News & World Report, Children’s provided care for youngsters from every county in Alabama, 46 other states and seven foreign countries last year, representing more than 676,000 outpatient visits and more than 15,000 inpatient admissions. With more than 2 million square feet, Children’s is the third largest pediatric medical facility in the U.S. More information is available at childrensal.org.