WALK A MILE IN MY SHOES
Suicide Prevention Walk
Saturday, May 4th, 2019
The Fourteenth Annual Walk a Mile in My Shoes Suicide Prevention walk and fundraiser will take place on Saturday, May 4th at Eldridge Park in Elmira, NY. On-the spot registration opens at 9 am and returning this year featured performance by the Ithaca-based youth music group “Vitamin L” at 10:15 am. They will have a special performance of the hit “Fight Song” as well as their original songs, including the popular “Walk a Mile in My Shoes”. Raffle tickets will be for sale featuring nearly 50 prizes donated from local businesses. The one mile walk will begin at 11:00 after a tribute to by the local honor guard.
From its modest beginnings of 500 walkers over ten years ago, local support for this event continues to grow each year as have the funds raised by the event itself and direct donations from individuals, businesses and organizations. Last years’ event drew over 2100 participants and raised over $50,000. We anticipate over 2000 walkers again!
Trophies will be awarded to the largest teams from several categories, as we have great participation from the schools and business community including Kennedy Valve and CVS Distribution Center.
Funds gathered from the event remain locally by supporting numerous suicide prevention initiatives for youth such as school-based programs like Signs of Suicide, designed to teach youth to recognize and respond to warning signs in themselves or a friend.
Additional support is provided to the community by offering gatekeeper prevention trainings such as QPR, safeTALK, ASIST and Youth Mental Health First Aid. These gatekeeper trainings continue to be offered regularly across the community as well on request for groups and organizations at no cost, and over 3000 individuals have participated in this training.
The participation of loyal walkers each year, and the event’s continued growth will allow Chemung County to remain one the most progressive suicide prevention counties in the state of New York. Please visit the Walk a Mile in My Shoes website at www.walkamile.net to learn more details about this important event. Bring yourself, a team, or simply make a donation through our website, and help us keep our community at the forefront of education and prevention about the tragedy of suicide.
More common than you think. . .
More preventable than you know!