The 4th Annual Iredell County Walk for Recovery will be on Sunday, September 12, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at Troutman’s ESC Park (338 North Avenue behind Town Hall).
The 2019 in-person event attracted over 750 people, and organizers hope to exceed that number this year as the event spreads the word about recovery, prevention, treatment and education assistance related to substance use and mental illness issues during National Recovery Month.
This FREE, family-friendly event, featuring a concert by The Audiophiles (music from 1970s through today), will celebrate the hope and healing that comes with recovery from substance use and mental illness.
PLEASE register for the event at Eventbrite (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/4th-annual-iredell-walk-for-recovery-tickets-165662130893) to help with food purchasing counts! We don’t want to run out!
This FREE event features The Audiophiles rocking out a wide variety of danceable songs along with Billy Buck of WAME radio serving as emcee.
The “walk” around ESC Park to visit vendors will honor those in recovery. As attendees visit vendors around the field, they can complete punch cards at each booth to be eligible for prize drawings! Several speakers will also share their personal recovery stories.
Kids’ activities include face painting, magician, balloon animals, arts and crafts, splash pad, and other games. Recovery stories, 200 free t-shirts, and information booths about substance use and mental health treatment, education, recovery, and support services (with kid-friendly activities and giveaways) will also make for a fun-filled afternoon.
A free catered dinner of hamburgers, hotdogs, and side items, prepared by G4G Ministries, will also be served. Water is provided through the generosity of Niagara Bottling.
This outdoor event will follow all local, state, and federal restrictions in effect at the time. Hand sanitizer and masks will be available, and social distancing is encouraged. All food will be prepared and distributed with highest safety standards in place.
If gathering restrictions are imposed before the event or community COVID-19 numbers surge to prohibitive levels, organizers may revamp the event to a drive-thru format. Some planned activities may also have to be modified or eliminated.
Vendors and agencies would distribute information and giveaways to each vehicle, along with distribution of meals, t-shirts, and door prizes. An information area for individuals with questions will also be available.
The Audiophiles concert and recovery speakers would be live-streamed, and parking will be available to those who wish to park and listen in person from their vehicle area.
If event modification is necessary, organizers will publicize changes on Eventbrite and the event website and Facebook page.
Special thanks and appreciation goes to the generous sponsors who make this event possible.
(Platinum Level) Drug-Alcohol Coalition of Iredell, Partners Health Management, Piedmont HealthCare, PQA Healthcare Inc., Southern Family Medicine.
(Gold Level) Addiction Recovery Medical Services (ARMS), Fifth Street Ministries, Iredell Free News, WAME.
(Silver Level) Jodi Province Counseling.
(Bronze) Cedar Stump Pub, Center for Emotional Health, Daymark, Integrated Care of Greater Hickory, Iredell Health System, Mitchell Community College, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Sawyer Insurance, Tobacco Free Alliance, Turning Point Family Services.
ABOUT NATIONAL RECOVERY MONTH
Each September, SAMHSA sponsors National Recovery Month to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders, and celebrate the individuals living in recovery.
This year’s theme is “RECOVERY IS FOR EVERYONE: Every Person, Every Family, Every Community.”
Now in its 32nd year, Recovery Month celebrates the gains made by those in recovery, just as we celebrate improvements made by those who are managing other health conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, asthma, and heart disease.
Each September, Recovery Month works to promote and support new evidence-based treatment and recovery practices, the emergence of a strong and proud recovery community, and the dedication of service providers and community members across the nation who make recovery in all its forms possible.
The observance will work to highlight inspiring stories that help thousands of people from all walks of life find the path to hope, health, and wellness.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Eventbrite (free registration): https://www.eventbrite.com/e/4th-annual-iredell-walk-for-recovery-tickets-165662130893