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On site check-in begins at 8 am, walking begins at 10 am
A Report from NAMIWalks 2015
After spending weeks building for NAMIWalks LA County, signing up walkers, and raising money to support our local NAMI affiliate (NAMI Glendale), we looked forward to participating in the walk itself. Come walk day morning, Saturday, October 3rd, a contingent of more than a dozen Changing Minds Club members and supporters gathered in downtown LA’s Grand Park. The weather cooperated with a golden sunny day that was nice and warm without being too, too hot.
As the crowd assembled, we were regaled with speeches and musical presentations. Community groups, service organizations, and local NAMI affiliates had set up tables and booths sharing about their programs and the services they provide. There was free face painting and sign making. It was exciting to see so many thousands of people supporting people afflicted with mental illnesses and the work NAMI does helping individualss and their families.
Our anticipation built as our last members had arrived and the start time for the walk neared. At last we were off, embarking on a 5k walk through downtown LA passing many land mark building. At the end we were a little tired but glad to have participated in such a significant and worthy event.
To top it all, as of October 28th, we have reached 85% of our ambitious goal of raising $1,000 for NAMIWalks from our VHHS community. We hope to meet or exceed this goal soon, as we continue to solicit and accept donations for this important cause. Thank you Dons!
What is NAMIWalks?
NAMIWalks celebrated its 13th Anniversary in 2015 and is the nation’s largest and most successful mental health awareness and fundraising event! NAMIWalks' public and active display of support for people affected by mental illness is changing how Americans view people with these brain diseases. Making this change is vital to ensuring a future where help and hope are available for those in need.
Donations to local NAMIWalks events benefit local NAMI affiliates and the no cost programs they provide for people impacted by mental health conditions. [Changing Minds earmarks the money we raise for NAMIWalks to support our local affiliate serving Sunland-Tujunga, NAMIGlendale.] NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. In Los Angeles County NAMIWalks event is held every year in October on the first Saturday of the month.