The first South Buffalo Awareness/Remembrance Walk for Hope, to raise awareness for individuals and families impacted by depression and/or addiction, will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 21, in Cazenovia Park.
“South Buffalo and the entire Buffalo Niagara region have been hit hard in recent years by depression-related deaths,” said event organizer Mike Blake. “Suicide and accidental overdoses have unfortunately become increasingly prevalent. We encourage friends and family members who have lost loved ones too soon, for any reason, to walk and remember them in their own way.
“The primary objective of the event is to raise awareness and let everyone currently affected by depression and addiction know their community supports them in their battle. With this in mind, we ask the entire community to take part in this walk, bring your children, and stand up for those among us who may currently be going through difficult times.”
The 1.5-mile walk will begin at 11 a.m., with check-in for the walk taking place from 9 to 10:30 a.m. While the walk is free, those who can afford it are asked to make a donation of $5 to $10 per person. A commemorative walk T-shirt will be included for each individual donation of $15 or more.
All proceeds from the event will be distributed to mental health groups chosen by South Buffalo families who have lost loved ones to depression-related deaths or accidental overdoses.
Online registration closes at midnight Friday, May 20. However, anyone who would like to participate can register in person at the walk during check-in time.
The event will also include a basket auction, and local businesses are being asked to donate a gift basket or gift card. Auction tickets will be available for purchase before, during and after the walk.
For more information on the Walk for Hope, please visit https://south-buffalo-walk-for-hope.eventbrite.com. You can also follow the event on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/1567161083609030/ for frequent updates.