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Child activist Elijah Lee will hold his fifth annual Child Abuse Awareness March at Centennial Park on March 5.

He is also holding a second march on April 16 at Henry G. Daniel Park located at 6600 Whitepine Road in Richmond. Both the Roanoke Rapids and Richmond marches are scheduled from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

“I remain grateful to the town of Roanoke Rapids for their ongoing support of my community activities,” Lee, 14, said. “I have since moved to Chesterfield, Virginia where I have been very busy.  Within the past two years, I have been named a Jack Kent Cook Scholar, member of the 2022 General Assembly Youth Cohort, Metropolitan Business League Entrepreneur of the Year and I have launched a nonprofit organization called Hear Our Voices.”

Lee is also raising funds for a pediatric safe room at the Children’s Hospital of Richmond, just as he did at Vidant North Hospital in Roanoke Rapids.

Lee is hoping for a strong turnout for both events. “We are hoping to see a record number of participants, especially young people. Please remember to make signs with your children to teach them the importance of activism, while having the difficult conversation about child abuse and resilience.”

Masks will be required for the event. This year's T-shirts are also available for purchase at this link