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200 walkers support ‘Out of Darkness’ effort here

By BILL COOKE
Reporter Staff Writer


Walkers begin ‘Out of Darkness Campus Walk’ Saturday, helping raise more than $3,800 (and counting) for suicide-prevention effort. 
Reporter file photo/Bill Cooke Walkers begin ‘Out of Darkness Campus Walk’ Saturday, helping raise more than $3,800 (and counting) for suicide-prevention effort. Reporter file photo/Bill Cooke More than 200 walkers gathered Saturday at Tiger Field to support the 2011 Rockdale/Milam County “Out of Darkness Campus Walk” to raise funds and awareness for suicide prevention in Central Texas.

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.


Supt. Dr. Howell Wright served as event starter, KRXT’s Charlie McGregor was master of ceremonies and Duck Shuffield (standing) and Ronnie Caywood were among musicians performing. Supt. Dr. Howell Wright served as event starter, KRXT’s Charlie McGregor was master of ceremonies and Duck Shuffield (standing) and Ronnie Caywood were among musicians performing. 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.

Speakers will address suicide awareness, and there will be refreshments and entertainment. The event is sponsored by Leadership Milam 2011, according to Michelle Morgan, secretary.


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