Henderson County/Gun Barrel City Walk Helps Create Safer Roadways by Asking Walkers to Support the Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving
Henderson County/Gun Barrel City– Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) will host Walk Like MADD, a noncompetitive fundraising walk in Henderson County/Gun Barrel City on Saturday, October 9. The walk begins at 8:30 a.m. at Gun Barrel City Park and will raise funds and rally support for MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving.
“We aim to eliminate drunk driving and we need support from the Henderson County/Gun Barrel City community on walk day to do just that,” said Leslie Watson, Executive Director for MADD East Texas.
Funds raised help further MADD’s life-saving mission and the Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving, which calls for alcohol ignition interlocks for all drunk driving offenders; highly–visible, highly-publicized law enforcement; community support; and the development of advanced vehicle-based technologies. The timing for Walk Like MADD is significant because Texas continues to lead the nation in drunk driving fatalities. More education and awareness are a necessity to eliminate drunk driving in our state, and funds raised through the Walk go back to support MADD’s efforts in our community.
“Drunk driving impacts every community around the nation, and unfortunately, it can touch your life without any warning,” said Tammi Branch, Walk Like MADD Chair. Tammi, who lost her son, Eric, in a drunk driving crash in 2009, knows this all too well. She volunteered to chair the walk because she wanted to make sure that this preventable tragedy never occurs to anyone else. “Through these walks, MADD is bringing together families, friends and neighbors to raise funds and awareness to make our roadways safer.”
In addition to the Walk, motorcycle enthusiasts can also Ride Like MADD. A motorcycle run organized by the Blue Knights will be taking place at the same time as the Walk and will begin at Gun Barrel City Park at 8:30 a.m. on the 9th. Other activities include a health and safety fair and blood drive that will be open the public free of charge until 2 p.m.
This year, Walk Like MADD events take place in over 40 cities across the country. Corporations and individuals form teams of 10 or more and are asked to raise $100 each through donations. Interested in participating? There are three options: 1. If you live in the area of a walk event, you can register to walk or form a team; 2. If you are unable to make one of the walks, you can sign up to raise money as a virtual walker, anywhere and anytime; or 3. you can give a one-time donation to the walks. Please visit www.walklikeMADD.org to register, donate or get more information.
To learn more about MADD East Texas or to receive free victim services, please visit www.madd.org or call 903-534-6000.