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Love and Lean Walk for Mental Health Awareness

Saturday, April 20, 2019, 4:00 PM

LOVE yourself and understand that your pain is real, but so is hope. & LEAN on others (family, friends, professionals) for help, because the harder you lean, the stronger you grow in mental fitness. This annual walk is inspired by the loss of Zach Kroll, a sophomore at Zeeland East, who silently suffered from depression and died by suicide on February 1, 2015. It is also inspired by the many others in this community whose loved ones died by suicide or who are struggling with mental illness. Together, we desire to use these heartbreaking and tragic situations to reach out to others and make a positive impact in our community.  Mental fitness is just as important as physical fitness. Through raising awareness, we will all learn how to be more involved and effective in the prevention of suicide and erasing the stigma of mental illness. **All walk funds received will go to The Mental Health Foundation and allocated towards continuing education related to mental health awareness and suicide prevention in our local community, schools, work places and churches.** If you are interested in sponsoring the walk, email zakimpact15@gmail.com to request a sponsorship letter and form. Sponsors names will be listed on back of walk t-shirt. WHEN:  Saturday, April 20, 2018 (rain or shine) 9:00 a.m. - Gathering Begins 9:15 a.m. - Opening Ceremony 9:30 a.m. - Walk Begins **If you have young children, come to the walk before heading over to Day of the Young Child downtown Zeeland.  Those who participate in the Love & Lean Walk will get a ticket at the end.  This ticket can be turned in at the be nice. table at Cityside Middle School to get a small be nice. gift. WHERE: Zeeland East High School Soccer Field 9900 Riley Street, Zeeland. Parking available in various nearby parking lots. The walk (approx. 3 miles) will start and end at the soccer field, after winding through the school property and wetlands. If a shorter walk is desired, there is an optional route. Walkers are invited to participate as individuals, create teams, and even bring their pets. Children can get involved along the route by making a be nice. keychain.  Free refreshments and snacks will be offered at the end of the walk, along with resource tables set up by local healthcare organizations. REGISTER: Registration is free, but participants are encouraged to raise funds for this event. Donations can be turned in at the Registration Table the day of the walk or by visiting www.benice.org, clicking Donate, then designating Love & Lean Walk in the drop down menu. Register by March 15, and your name will be entered into a drawing for be nice. merchandise.   Can’t attend the walk on April 20 but still want to participate? No problem! Choose a day that works better for you, fundraise and/or order t-shirts if you choose to, and walk with us in spirit on your designated day. When you register, there is a box to check to let us know that you will be participating in this way.  ORDER T-SHIRTS & MEMORIAL SIGNS: Long sleeve walk t-shirts are available for donation of $20 or more and orders will be accepted online at www.benice.org until Friday, April 5. Click on the SHOP tab and find the walk t-shirt on the top row. If you would like a memorial sign (at no cost) placed along the walk to honor your loved one, please email larissapayton@benice.org with a JPG picture and name by April 5. DISCLAIMER:  I hereby state that my physical condition is sufficient to safely complete the Love & Lean Walk 2019.  I, for myself, my executors, administrators, and assignees, do hereby release and discharge the Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan, Zeeland Public Schools, Love & Lean Walk officials, sponsors, and volunteers from damages or injuries occurring by my participation in this event.  I also authorize the use of photographs or videotape during the event for any and all purposes.  By registering for this walk, I certify that I have read all terms and conditions of this disclaimer and do intend to

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