200 walkers support ‘Out of Darkness’ effort here
Some $3,800 was raised, with collections to continue through June 30, according to Kelli Pelzel, program director
“We appreciate all the support from so many volunteers, the walk leadership team, and all participants,” Pelzel said.
Rockdale ISD Supt. Dr. Howell Wright served as the official starter for the event, KRXT’s Charlie McGregor was master of ceremonies, and local musicians provided live entertainment during the day’s activities which began shortly after 10 a.m. and continued until almost 2 p.m.
“Out of the Darkness Walks” are fund-raising events undertaken by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and its affiliated chapters.
The Rockdale walk of one of more than 200 walks taking place across the country to help fund AFSP’s ongoing efforts with research, education and suicideprevention initiatives designed to reduce the loss of life from suicide as well as support survivors.
Up to 50 percent of funds raised are returned to the community for approved local suicide prevention efforts, officials said.
“It is our hope to continue these walks as an annual event in Central Texas,” said Elizabeth Roebuck, chair of the AFSP Central Texas chapter.
KICKOFF PARTY—Milam County Suicide Prevention, in conjunction with the Texas Suicide Prevention Council, will hold a County Wide Kickoff Party from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 15 at Milam County Cowboy Church, 2100 North US 77, Rockdale.