Nami Lee, Charlotte and Hendry Counties Filled the Bridge in the First Annual "Namiwalks"
Successful Event Attracts Hundreds to Create Awareness and Raise Funds for Mental Health Initiatives
Mayor Randy Henderson served as the honorary chairperson and local WINK-TV morning anchor, Corey Lazar, served as the NAMIWalks Ambassador. Both were in attendance as the bridge in downtown Fort Myers was filled with those becoming a part of a movement that improves lives and communities one step at a time.
Celebrating its 16th year, NAMIWalks takes place in more than 85 communities across the country. This is the first time it took place in Southwest Florida, specifically in Fort Myers.
"Mental illness is too tough to walk alone. We want to thank all of our walkers, volunteers and supporters for making our first NAMIWalks successful. Through our public, active display of support for people affected by mental illness, we are combatting the stigma and letting them know it's ok to reach out when they need help," commented Vacharee Howard, NAMI Lee, Charlotte and Hendry Counties Executive Vice President.
NAMIWalks is a 5K event that raises awareness and funds for NAMI organizations across the U.S. Last year alone, NAMIWalks collectively raised $11.4 million for mental health initiatives. Each NAMIWalks event brings people of all ages and fitness levels together for a compelling cause. Those who are unable to walk are still welcome to register and participate as a volunteer or "virtual walker." Walk participants are encouraged to build a team and fundraise to support the work of their local, regional or state NAMI organization.
ABOUT NAMI LEE, CHARLOTTE AND HENDRY COUNTIES:
Founded in 1979, NAMI is the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI is an association of hundreds of local affiliates, state organizations, and volunteers who work in communities across the nation. Due to the generosity of gifts and contributions, NAMI is able to provide information through education programs, support through the NAMI HelpLine, and advocacy at national and state levels. In addition, NAMI successfully fights stigma by hosting public awareness events and activities, including Mental Illness Awareness Week, and NAMIWalks.
Samantha Scott, APR