Over 800,000 children under 18 years of age are abducted annually according to the United States Department of Justice. 60% of those abductions comprised of children 6 to 14 years old.
The Rose Brucia Educational Foundation was created out of the tragedy that took place in 2004 after 11-year-old Carly Brucia was abducted in Sarasota, Florida. Matthew J. Barbis, Founder and cousin to Carly, wanted to help reduce future child abductions, his mission was to teach children how to avoid dangerous situations. With the support of Congressman Steve Israel (D)-New York and Congressman Paul Ryan (R)-Wisconsin. A Bill was created and passed, allowing The Stranger Safety Awareness curriculum to be used in every school throughout the United States.
As a celebration, CNBC hosted “The Night of Hope” benefit and invited Malachi to perform at the estate of Katrina and Don Peebles, chairman and chief executive officer of Peebles Corp. Malachi was honored to be a part of this national movement towards child safety, and promotes child safety in every performance and interview.