Southern Crescent Child Advocacy Center hosts Rock-a-Thon fundraiser

A rocking chair painted by artist Barbara Fraiser will be auctioned off. (Special Photo)

A rocking chair painted by artist Barbara Fraiser will be auctioned off. (Special Photo)

HAMPTON — Organizers are planning a Sept. 14 Rock-a-Thon to benefit the Southern Crescent Child Advocacy Center.

“We are asking organizations, businesses, individuals and community groups to help raise funds to continue our work in serving seven surrounding counties,” said Gayla Nobles, the center’s executive director.

The child advocacy center provides community education that targets adult and child victims dealing with the immediate and long-term effects of sexual assault.

The Jonesboro-based agency has provided services to area victims since 1994.

It expanded services in April by opening a satellite office in Henry County to offer 24-hour crisis response and expeditious sexual assault examinations.

“This much-needed facility is proving to be a haven for hurting children and adults,” said Nobles.

She said local law enforcement agencies and area hospitals have welcomed the new facility as a means of providing forensic exams and interviews relating to the assaults that have occurred.

“We’ve done about 70 forensic medical exams since April,” said Nobles, adding that the Rock-a-Thon will help provide resources to aid hundreds of sexual assault victims.

Rock-a-Thon teams are asked to sponsor a chair in which they will rock between 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. at 2 West Main St. in Hampton.

Chairs will be provided but groups will be responsible for having seven individuals rocking for one hour each or fourteen participants rocking in 30-minute intervals.

Nobles said each person rocking will be responsible for asking 10 people to donate $20 to the cause.

Organizers have planned a hula-hoop contest, Frisbee dog demonstrations and an ice cream truck.

“We will also have games, food, a band and inflatables for the kids,” she said.

A rocking chair painted by artist Barbara Fraiser will be auctioned off. Also, Jason Lee and The Cylcones is set to perform the live concert during the event.

Those interested in participating or donating are asked to call the Southern Crescent Sexual Assault and Child Advocacy Center at 770-603-4045 or email Nobles at gnobles@scsac.org.

A list of the center’s services is at www.scsac.org. Its 24-hour crisis hotline is 770-477-2177.