The life and death of Robert Manwill, who died in 2009 at the tender age of 8 years old at the hands of his mother and her boyfriend, is a heartbreaking story. The issue of child abuse by family and others is never an easy topic in any circumstances, but one that has to be continually acknowledged, so as to protect the innocent.
The small community of New Plymouth, Idaho, reaches out every year in remembrance of Robert Manwill by holding a Artists for Kids Event which is an art exhibit and auction and then Robert’s Run and a 5K Run on the following day. The purpose of the events is to promote awareness of child abuse and keep Robert’s memory alive.
Proceeds from the art auction will benefit the Robert Manwill Scholarship Fund, through Rose Advocates. The scholarship is awarded to students in Robert’s graduating class at New Plymouth High School, Class of 2019. Profits from the Run will be awarded annually to graduating students at New Plymouth High School.
This years art exhibit auction will be held at the VFW Hall in New Plymouth on Friday, April 25th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. There is a beautiful piece of art that the local New Plymouth students worked on with local artist, Pattie Young, to auction off that night. This welded gate is a one-of-a-kind work of art that will be sold during a live auction on the 25th. But, folks that are inspired to bid on the piece and cannot attend, are also welcome to contact the planners to make closed bids ahead of time, by telephone. For those interested in getting more information on the auction, they should contact Katy Belanger at 208-739-6464.
On Saturday, April 26th, Robert’s Run will be at 10:00am and the timed 5K Run at 10:30 am. Those interested in registering for the race can go to the following link: https://runsignup.com/race/ID/NewPlymouth/RobertsRun5k.
I admire and applaud the community of New Plymouth for its continued work in keeping Robert Manwill’s memory alive. And more importantly, for providing a voice and healing for those affected by any form of child abuse.
“See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven.” ~ Matthew 18:10