Child Abuse Network Superhero Challenge
The charity I have chosen to highlight (and be a part of) this week is Child Abuse Network’s Superhero Challenge. The event is this Sunday, May 16th from Noon to 4:00 pm at PostOak Lodge and Retreat at 5232 W. 31st St. North.
Here is how you can register:
This week begins one of my favorite weeks of the year, especially since the event was not able to happen last year due to the pandemic. Well, not in-person anyway. I’m talking about Child Abuse Network’s Superhero Challenge. It’s so much fun! Last year it was virtual, but this year it is back in person, and virtual if that fits your needs.
It’s a day full of fun family activities with free food (veggies and pizza!), face painting, HUGE bounce houses and lots of fun music to dance and wiggle to! But the main event is the obstacle course and fun run. Kids and parents dress up in funny superhero costumes either store-bought or better yet, homemade and wait for the starting gun! Pow! Annnnnnd…. they’re off!
And let me tell you, with cute videos dominating social media these days, you’ll have unlimited amounts of silly, funny, and downright awesome videos for your TikTok, Pinterest, YouTube, Facebook, etc.
I don’t know who was in the “Batman” costume in 2019, but it was dead-on perfect! Even up close, he was super cool to get a picture with. There were tons of life-like cosplayers dressed up and cheering on the kiddos as they round the turn #1 in the race. Oh, and there’s a dinosaur costume. Why? Why not! That’s CAN Superhero Challenge. If it makes your kids feel good and silly, then it’s ON.
The location for the event is the same as it’s always been at the beautiful PostOak Lodge. If you’ve never been, then that will be another wonderful reason to register for the event. It’s carefully placed in the beautiful rolling hills of the Osage Indian Reservation, northwest of downtown Tulsa. The first time I was there I had to wander over to the very well-maintained cabins and swimming pool area. And last winter I was able to check out their Holiday Lights Zip-Line! That was cool!! Atticus, my 11-year-old, was so brave. He zipped down the line before me.
Here is the website for the lodge:
All of this is to raise money and awareness for the Child Abuse Network. Many non-profit organizations have been hit very hard by this pandemic, and some doubly hard because of what their mission is, helping victims of child abuse. Charities have not been able to hold their usual big fundraisers, whether it’s a fancy ball or a silly obstacle course. And on top of that, there has been an uptick in child abuse cases. Many have lost their jobs, and children were not going to school in person, so that has led to an increase.
“Heightened stress, school closures, loss of income, and social isolation resulting from the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic have increased the risk for child abuse and neglect,” National Syndromic Surveillance Program (NSSP) data from January 6, 2019–September 6, 2020.
So, please register for this fun event. Or, if you cannot make it, you can still make monetary donations and even donate things like stuffed animals, books, and blankets for those young victims that need the services that Child Abuse Network provides.