The public can help MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) with their mission in protecting families from drunk driving and underage drinking by participating in the local South Georgia Walk Like MADD event, which will be held Saturday, Nov. 10 at Pon- der Park, located at 5471 Alabama Avenue in Omega. MADD is a non-profit grass roots organization with over 200 field sites nationwide.
Walk Like MADD is a 5K non-competitive family walk that raises funds to support MADD’s mission of eliminating drunk driving, supporting victims and their families, and preventing underage drinking. Many of the WLM teams are walking in memory of their deceased loved ones or in honor of their loved ones who survived a crash.
According to Gary Robinson, the community action site leader for South Georgia, this walk is a great way to get involved in the local community and help local fami- lies affected by drunk driving and underage drinking. Also, it will be something for everyone to enjoy.
Robinson stated that by participating, “you will be supporting the victims and making a difference in the community.” Registration will begin at 3 p.m., the walk will begin at 4 p.m. and the event will end at 6 p.m. To register online, visit www.walklikemadd.org/southerngeorgia. There is a $20 registration fee for adults and a $15 fee for youth ages five to 21. This fee does include a WLM branded T-shirt, and the money will count towards your personal and/or team fundraising goal. Currently, $1,300 has been donated, according to the WLM Web site. Their goal is $5,000.
Also, after the walk, a candlelight vigil will be held at 6:15 p.m. at Ponder Park for south Georgia victims. According to the WLM Web site, every minute one person is injured from an alcohol-related crash; one in three people will be involved in an alcohol-related crash in their lifetime; MADD serves a victim or survivor of drunk driving every nine minutes; teen alcohol use kills about 6,000 people each year, more than all illegal drugs combined; and car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens, and one out of three of those is alcohol related.
For more information on the south Georgia WLM even, contact Robinson at 646-3797.