More than 200 adults and children donned sneakers to participate in the second annual Safe Kids Day 5K Run/Walk on Honeywell’s Morris Plains campus and other company locations on Sunday, April 30. The event raised more than $10,000 for Safe Kids Worldwide, a global organization dedicated to keeping kids safe from preventable injuries, the number one killer of children in the United States.
“This is not your typical 5K race,” said Morris Plains Mayor Frank Druetzler as runners gathered at the starting line. “We are here to help protect children from injuries that can occur at anytime, anywhere, and I am proud to partner with Honeywell and Safe Kids Worldwide to support this worthwhile cause.”
Organized by Honeywell Hometown Solutions, the company's corporate citizenship initiative, the family-focused event taught children and their parents how to be safe near water, in cars, at playgrounds and on bikes while having fun and playing games for prizes.
Francis Adkins, Honeywell Assistant General Counsel, brought her family. “The Safe Kids experts we met truly opened our eyes to the many hidden dangers facing children in everyday life,” she said. “By practicing simple safety habits, we can protect our children from harm.”
The main event was joined virtually by runners from Honeywell campuses in Kansas City, Puerto Rico, Phoenix and Tempe, Ariz. Fourteen other Safe Kids coalitions also participated in more than 200 communities across the United States.
“Raising awareness about the dangers all around children is the first step toward preventing an injury,” said Mike Bennett, president, Honeywell Hometown Solutions. “Safe Kids Worldwide brings a wealth of knowledge, tips and resources to keep kids safe, and I encourage everyone to take advantage of what they have to offer.”
For more than 12 years, Honeywell and Safe Kids Worldwide have partnered to protect children from preventable injuries in the United States, Malaysia, China and India.