News Briefs for Aug. 17

August 17, 2004

Red Cross seeks funds for disaster relief

The American Red Cross has opened shelters for more than 46,000 residents who sought refuge from tropical storms in Florida. Immediate disaster relief to victims of these disastrous storms also involves distributing meals, snacks, and clean-up and comfort kits.

The Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund is critically low because the Red Cross has stood by its promise to assist the nation's disaster victims.

Its response is immediate, but it must rely completely on public support to provide these life-saving services.

All American Red Cross disaster assistance is free, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people.


Those who wish to help can do so by sending contributions to the Disaster Relief Fund may be sent to the Central Kentucky Chapter, Box 458, Danville, 40422 to be forwarded to its national headquarters or it can be sent directly to the American Red Cross, P. 0. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.

Internet users can make a secure online contribution by visiting

Hospital advocacy volunteers needed

The Danville and Nicholasville offices of the Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center need hospital advocacy volunteers. The four-day training will be held in Lexington 5:30-8 p.m. Sept. 10; 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sept. 11; 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 18; and 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 25.

The training is comprehensive and presenting in a casual style with guidance and support from professional staff.

Upon successful completion of all training sessions volunteers will:

* Meet victims of sexual assault at local hospitals or police stations in the five county region of Boyle, Lincoln, Garrard, Mercer and Jessamine,

* Provide support and information victims and their loved ones present.

* Provide referrals for follow-up services.

* Assist with community awareness campaigns by distributing agency information or managing community information fair booths.

Volunteers carry a beeper and monthly shift choices are flexible. A six-month commitment is required and volunteers must be at least 20 years old with reliable transportation. The training is free of charge.

To apply for this training, call the Danville office at (859) 236-4445 by Sept. 7.

Alzheimer's fundraisers scheduled

The Alzheimers Association "Memory Walk" will be Sept. 11 at Waterfront Park in Louisville. The purpose of the walk is to raise funds in order to combat the disease, which is becoming the most rapidly increasing disease among Americans.

Unless a cure is found, the number of Americans with Alzheimer's will increase from 4 million to 14 million within the next 50 years.

For the fourth consecutive year, a team named "Gus' Gang" will walk in memory of Gus Wohner, who died with Alzheimer's in February of 2000. Over the past four years, the team has collectively raised and donated $4,000 to further the programs and research that the Alzheimer's Association provides.

An Alzheimer's benefit Trail Ride will be 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 28. The ride begins at Joe Wohner's farm on Ky. 442 off Ky.. 152 east of Mackville and west of Harrodsburg.

For more information, contact Joe Wohner at (859) 262-5564. A minimum $10 donation includes lunch.

An Alzheimer's benefit spaghetti luncheon will be noon-2 p.m. Aug. 29 at the Mackville Community Center.

For more information, contact Jessica Terrell at (859) 971-8204. $6 for adults, $3 for children 6 and under.

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