Community to walk 100 miles to bring awareness to suicide prevention

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TOOELE, Utah (News4Utah) – The Life’s Worth Living Foundation is hosting a series of events to bring awareness to suicide prevention.

The events are planned for Friday and Saturday, April 20 & 21.

The three events are:

  • 2nd annual “Walk to Wendover
  • 2nd annual “Walk to Wendover Walk-a-Thon”
  • “Walk Where You Are”

The Walk to Wendover event will consist of LWLF board and coalition members walking from Tooele to Wendover- a 1000-mile trek.

The 2nd annual Walk to Wendover Walk-a-Thon will have many community members walking a 7-mile route along the Mid-Valley Trail in Tooele County hosted by the LWLF and the Tooele County School District Hope Squads.

The third event, Walk Where You Are, will have participants walk wherever they happen to be on April 20 & 21.

EVENT DETAILS
Walk to Wendover:
Starting at 6:00 AM on Friday, April 20, 2018, LWLF Board and Coalition Members will meet at Tooele City Hall (90 South Main Street, Tooele, UT) and hear from event kickoff speakers: Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes, Utah Senator Daniel Thatcher, Utah State Representative Douglas Sagers, Tooele City Mayor Debbie Winn and LWLF President Jon Gossett. Event participants will then literally walk from Tooele City to Grantsville City, then out to Interstate 80. Midday Friday a soldier from Dugway Proving Grounds will be running 22 miles in honor of the 22 veterans we loose to suicide each day.  On Saturday, April 21 the volunteers will walk from Clive, UT to Wendover City. Upon arrival, there will be a QPR presentation at 7:30 p.m. at the Historic Wendover Air Field.

Walk to Wendover – Walk-a-Thon:
Starting at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 21, event participants gather at the trailhead of the Mid-Valley trail located at approximately 700 West Rogers Lane in Tooele City (Access off 1000 North and 600 West). Throughout the day participants walk at their own pace northwest then along the Mid-Valley Trail to Sheep Lane then back on the same the Mid-Valley Trail to Rogers Lane. At the conclusion of the trail will be a reception area to recognize participants with prizes, beverages and educational materials on suicide prevention.

The Walk-A-Thon is open to participants of all ages capable of walking the 7-mile dirt trail. Groups are encouraged to create a team and recruit additional participants. Participants are invited to walk for a loved one lost to suicide. Walkers are asked sign up on the LWLF websites, get pledges and help raise money for the cause. Walkers who raise at least $100 will be given Walk-A-Thon T-shirt. To become a walker, e-mail:lifesworthlivingfoundation@gmail.com or find the link at the foundation’s facebook page or eventbrite page.

Walk Where You Are:
New in 2018, the “Walk Where You Are” event is designed for individuals wanting to participate in the formal walks but are unable to be present. Participants register for the “Walk Where You Are” event by searching #walktowendover on Facebook or visiting www.facebook.com/lifesworthlivingfoundation/ or the event page: the https://lifesworthlivingfoundation.networkforgood.com/events/6239-historic-100-mile-walk-to-wendover-for-suicide-awareness 

The concept is simple. Sign-up with name, contact information and a entry donation of $10.00 then download a sponsor form (e-mailed upon registration) to secure donations/sponsors. Then at any time during Friday or Saturday, April 20 and 21 walk and keep track of the number of miles completed. While walking, participants are encouraged to ‘take selfies” with their mobile phones and post them to the LWLF facebook page: www.facebook.com/lifesworthlivingfoundation/ #walktowendover. After completing the walk (whatever distance), record the date/time and distance accomplished, then return to sponsors and gather the donation to submit to LWLF.

The Utah Department of Health would like to remind Utahns that suicide is preventable. If you or someone you know needs help, there’s the 24/7 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. For more information, visit utahsuicideprevention.org.

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