ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) – The Thirteenth Annual Walk a Mile in My Shoes Suicide Prevention walk and fundraiser will take place on Saturday, May 5 at Eldridge Park.
On-the spot registration opens at 9 a.m.
At 10:15 a.m., Ithaca-based youth group “Vitamin L” will perform. They will have a special performance of the hit “Fight Song” as well as original songs, including the popular “Walk a Mile”.
Raffle tickets will be for sale featuring over 50 prizes donated from local businesses.
The one-mile walk will begin at 11 a.m. After a flag solute by the local chapter of the Vietnam Veterans.
Last year’s event drew over 2000 participants and raised over $50,000.
Trophies will be awarded to the largest teams.
Funds gathered from the event remain local 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 and ASIST. 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. ASIST, an advanced suicide prevention and response training is offered throughout the year in our region.