All-night suicide prevention fundraiser to begin
By Erica Holt, Bay City News Service
July 22, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - Fundraisers for the first time
today are descending on San Francisco to walk all night in the
Out of the Darkness Overnight Walk, sponsored by the American
Foundation For Suicide Prevention.
The 20-mile walk begins at 8 p.m. today and ends at 6 a.m. Sunday
at the Presidio's Crissy Field. The all-night trekkers form teams
and are each responsible for raising at least $1,000 to benefit
suicide prevention research, education and survivor support, according
to the foundation.
In 2005, more than 1,700 people raised over $1.35 million in
Chicago, which will hold its second walk August 12. The first
event was in 2002 in Washington, D.C. and raised $1.2 million.
Caltrain reports that it is sponsoring a three-member team, including
a train conductor, a transit police officer and a locomotive engineer,
who had combined raised nearly $7,500 as of Friday. According
to Caltrain, employees were encouraged to participate to raise
awareness about suicide prevention in the wake of "incidence
of suicide on Caltrain tracks.''
According to the suicide foundation, untreated depression is
the leading cause of suicide. Part of the funds raised will go
to creating a regional office in San Francisco, as well as research
to improve knowledge of medical factors that contribute to suicide.
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