MADD West Texas officials reminded residents Wednesday that they will be hosting the 2020 West Texas Virtual Walk Like MADD this Saturday, October 24th.
“We walk to finish the job that was started by a grieving mother in 1980. Now in our 40th year, MADD has saved more than 370,000 lives and has served more than 840,000 victims,” said Vanessa Luna-Marquez, Program Manager. “Walk Like MADD will raise mission-critical funds to help save lives in West Texas.”
People from across West Texas will be walking in their own neighborhoods, parks, and trails to raise awareness to end drunk driving.
Funds raised through Walk Like MADD help further MADD’s lifesaving mission and the Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving, which calls for high-visibility law enforcement, ignition interlocks or “in-car breathalyzers” for all convicted drunk drivers, support for the
development of advanced technology and public support for these initiatives.
“The timing for Walk Like MADD is significant because we still lose lives and innocent people are injured in our state due to drunk and drugged driving. The pandemic has not stopped drunk driving crashes,” Luna-Marquez added.
The virtual event will kickoff at 8AM on the MADD Texas Facebook Page. There will be messages from partners, MADD staff, and victim families, all showing their support to end drunk driving and supporting victims of this 100% preventable crime.
Registration is $20 for youth and $25 for adults.
Funds raised by Walk Like MADD are more critical than ever, as the pandemic has caused an enormous financial strain on non-profits. Any financial support will help ensure MADD West Texas can remain to provide free victim services and prevention programs throughout the state.
Walk like MADD has three main components:
o Remember: We walk for those who no longer can and alongside those who are learning to walk again.
o Inspire: We walk empowered even when we feel powerless, as survivors when wehave been victimized, and with purpose when we have lost our way.
o Commit: We walk with supporters who share our vision of ‘No More Victims.’