Father helps community get results after attempted kidnapping in Avalon Park

Joe Canete created GoFundMe for whistle bracelets


AVALON PARK, Fla. – A father of three who recently moved to Avalon Park started a GoFundMe campaign to help his community "Get Results" after an attempted abduction of Avalon Park on Saturday.

Joe Canete started Avalon Park Whistle for Safety, a program that aims to place a whistle on the wrist of every child who walks, rides or plays in Avalon Park, according to the GoFundMe page.

He read what happened to the 11-year-old girl who was riding her bicycle with a friend to buy candy when an unidentified man grabbed her by her right shoulder.

Canete knew that he needed to take action.

"I'm just not the kind of person that reads something that matters to them and moves on," Canete told News 6. "I want to get involved and do something to make a difference when I see something like that."

"If they need help they can just blow the whistle and get someone to pay attention to them and what's going on," he continued.

After searching, he found someone to provide the whistles at cost.

So far, the GoFundMe page has raised $180. Once they reach their goal of $690, they will provide information on how parents can get their children whistles.

A simple solution to a problem, Canete told News 6.

For more information on the GoFundMe page and how you can donate, visit this link: http://www.gofundme.com/avalon-park-whistle-for-safety