By: Allison Kaletch (email@example.com)
We wanted to take a minute and thank everyone who came out and showed support for recovery in our community by joining us at The Recovery Walk 2018 on May 19th. A special thanks goes to Four Rivers Behavioral Health for sponsoring our event supplies and Might Tees Graphics for our great walk shirts. Thanks also goes to the UK Extension office for our yummy snacks and water for everyone and to Centerpoint Recovery Center for helping with the setup and clean up. Amazing job guys!
This was McCracken County Drug Court’s first annual Recovery Walk and I hope to help in many more. It was a trying couple of months getting everything organized and much more expensive than originally thought but it was so worth it. Because of the support from so many in the community, we were able to raise nearly $300 in cash and gift cards as well as collect several large bags of clothing and nonperishable food items. Several businesses in our community also sponsored gift cards and services for give away prizes and raffles including: Cinemark, Sushi on Broadway, O So Beautiful, Neel Thredz, Jimmy Johns, McAlister’s Deli, Dicks Sporting Goods, Five Guys, McDonalds and Kroger.
Finally, a huge thank you to O’ Charlie’s for not only supplying all the food (which was wonderful!!) but also delivering it to us.
We had several speakers at the event and many were new to drug court. For many of the day’s presenters, the Recovery Walk was their first community event and most had never spoken in front of that many people. Yet, they all stood up and did a wonderful job sharing their stories with the crowd. Some who spoke are in the last phases of the Drug Court program and they were able to share what the program has done for them and what Recovery has given back to their lives. Our final speaker was a graduate of drug court almost a year ago. Having him share his story was both moving and inspirational. It is important for those in Drug Court to remember and be shown that life after the program does exist and it can be great!
At the end of the day, we had a balloon release to commemorate the day. We used white balloons to represent the “one day at a time” saying. We followed the balloon release with a silent prayer for those sick and suffering in addiction. It was truly an amazing day!
All proceeds from this event went to support Four Rivers Behavioral Health’s teen and young adult Drop-In Center, The Zone, and also to Family Services Society. To see photos from the event click here https://www.facebook.com/pg/vuemagazine/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1671468306301882