DATE: September 29, 2012
LOCATION: Liberty Park, Salt Lake City
WALKER CHECK-IN TIME: 8:45am OFFICIAL WALK START TIME: 10:00am
DISTANCE: 5 Kilometers
REGISTER at: www.namiwalks.org/utah
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The NAMIWalks is a nationwide fundraising and mental health awareness program that is being held in more than 84 communities around the country in 2011, including right here in Utah. It is expected that these walks will raise approximately 10 million dollars in 2011 so NAMI can offer more support and services to the hundreds of thousands of individuals and families across the country affected by serious mental illness.
There is no walker registration fee for the Walk. All participants are encouraged to collect donations from family members, friends, co-workers and business associates in support of their participation in the Walk.
All the funds collected by Walkers will be used to fund NAMI's programs here in Utah. These programs include support, education, research and advocacy involving schizophrenia, bipolar disorder (manic depression), major depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder and severe anxiety disorders.
All walkers raising $100 or more with receive a NAMIWalks event T-shirt. Walkers may also receive additional incentives prizes based on the amounts that they raise up to $5,000 or more. (Additional incentive prizes are a local option.)
Companies, organizations and families are encouraged to organize teams of walkers made up of employees, organization members, relatives and friends to take part in the Walk.
Teambuilding and fundraising materials will be given out to team captains at a special kickoff event that will be held approximately 8 weeks before the Walk.
There is a wide-range of corporate sponsorship opportunities available to local companies and businesses relating to the Walk. Anyone interested in information on how his or her company or organization can sponsor the Walk should contact Amber at the local NAMI office at 801-869-2878.
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