Annual Suicide Awareness & Prevention Walk
In past years the walk has been held at Twin Lakes Park, however, this year things are a little different. You may have noticed that lots of events are going virtual and in light of the events going on in society, we decided that it was best for us to do the same. While things may look a little different, the goal is still the same — to bring awareness to the suicide crisis and to remember those who have been lost.
We encourage you to register for the walk so that you can take part in all of the activities taking place that day including the virtual loss survivors event, reading of the names lost to suicide, stories of hope, and a silent auction.
Participation is FREE. If you choose, you may walk on your own, either following the ceremony, or at any time and place of your choosing. We encourage everyone to get involved by posting pictures of loved ones, of themselves and their stories, or of you completing the walk on the Ray of Hope Facebook page with the hashtag #StillShining2020.
Those who register will receive a link to attend the virtual event on Zoom, order t-shirts, and have the option to participate in the online auction. The event will also be Live on Facebook for anyone to watch–no registration required.
T-shirt quantities are limited. Also available for purchase are Suicide Awareness tie-dyed t-shirts! All t-shirts will be available for purchase on the event website at the cost of $10.00 each. Shirts you have purchased on the event site can be picked up at MHA of Southwestern PA, 409 Coulter Avenue, Greensburg on September 4th from 11:00 to 3:00 and 5:00 to 7:00, and September 5th from 11:00 to 1:00. Bring your receipt for proof of purchase, either printed or on your phone. If pick-up is not possible, shirts can be shipped for an additional $5 per shirt. Deadline for ordering shirts is Sunday, August 23.
Note: The 3.6% service fee charged on all purchases will be covered by the Ray of Hope, however, if you would like to make a donation in the form of covering the service fee on your purchases for us it would be greatly appreciated!
Schedule for the Day
Survivors Event 10:00-10:45. If you have lost a loved one to suicide, or just wish to listen in, please join us on Zoom for a discussion led by Sam Lonich. All who register for the walk will also have the option to take part in the survivor’s event by joining the Zoom meeting at 10:00. Prior to the event all who register will receive a link to join the Zoom webinar, which will begin at 10:00 and continue until the walk ceremony is complete.
The Walk Ceremony will begin at 11:00 and will include reading the names of those lost to suicide. If you wish to have a name or names read, you will be given an opportunity to submit that information as you register.
For additional information, contact Rachel Cunningham, Ray of Hope Coordinator, at email@example.com.