KNOXVILLE (WATE) – A Knoxville non-profit is holding a 5k and family friendly bash to raise money and awareness for babies born addicted to drugs.
The Rockabye Butterfly Bash will be held on Saturday, March 14 at Volunteer Landing in Knoxville. The event includes a 5k that starts at 8:00 a.m. followed by a bash for kids and a butterfly release.
During the 5k, runners are given butterfly wings, the symbol of the Rockabye Butterfly, which signifies change and new life.
“At noon we’re going to start the Rockabye Butterfly bash and that’s just big fun event for kids,” said organizer Angelina Hall. “We have big inflatables, we have a video game truck, we have live entertainment throughout the day with dancers and singers and baton twirlers… anything you can imagine that’s fun for kids will be there.”
The day concludes with an educational speaker who will speak about Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome before a butterfly release.
The Butterfly Bash helps raise money for East Tennessee Children’s Hospital so that babies born with withdrawal will get a second chance at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
“The goal is to spread awareness and in the mean time have some fun and raise some money for East Tennessee Children’s Hospital,” said Hall.
Hall said she became involved in the Rockabye Butterfly while she was a medical student making her rounds and noticing how many babies suffered from Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS).
The bash is free and open to the public. For more information visit rockabyebutterfly.org.