Hope is important to remember in times of loss.
On Sept. 29, the fourth annual Journey to Hope walk supporting suicide awareness and prevention will take place at Crescent Park Amphitheatre. Registration is from noon to 1 p.m. and the opening ceremonies are at 1 p.m. The walk will start at 1:30 p.m. and the event will conclude with a closing ceremony beginning at 2 p.m.
“It’s to encourage the community to become aware of the need to stand by each other through loss,” said Della Ferguson, one of the organizers of the walk and continued care co-ordinator at the W.J. Jones & Son Family Resource Centre. “It’s to support those who have had a loved one die.”
Ferguson said the walk is reflective, not athletic as there will be stops at different stations along the way. Courtney Bell and Kale Baiton will heighten the atmosphere with music. All of the funds raised will go to all types of awareness and services available to members of the community in the Five Hills Health Region.
These include putting up posters to bring awareness for the services offered and training for counsellors to provide support. It will also support the SAFETALK Suicide Prevention and Intervention Programs so they are even more accessible to the community and students.
“There is always help available,” said Ferguson.
For more information, see an upcoming edition of the Times-Herald.