Empty Stroller Walk for SIDS Awareness Held | Community Spirit
October is SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) awareness.
The disease is especially devastating in the African-American community, claiming 16 percent of babies. Thursday, Healthy Start of Dublin, South Central Health District, the Bleckley County Health Department, and several other organizations sponsored an empty stroller walk to promote SIDS awareness.
The event began on Ash Street with a ceremony that included the reading of a proclamation by Mayor William Basby (unable to attend due to interviews for a city manager) and an accoustic performance of "Jesus Loves Me." The procession then made its way down Second Street, turning left, then going up Dykes Street, before ending up behind the police department on third street.
Walkers then released pink balloons into the air before enjoying lunch. The empty stroller walk is rotated through different counties, but a proclamation in recognition of SIDS awareness will be made next year, organizers said.