BENEFITING: SAMARITANS OF NEW YORK INC
Hi friends, family and colleagues.
Please donate to my 2nd Annual 'BE A FRIEND' 5K Walkathon on Saturday, September 19 in support of Samaritans Suicide Prevention Center, the organization I've worked for these past 20 years.
Samaritans operates NYC's only 24-hour suicide prevention hotline that answered over 80,000 calls last year, support groups that provide solace to those who have been touched by suicide, and education programs that trained staff from over 500 public schools last year. One in 12 NYC High School students reported attempting suicide according to the CDC's recent stats so teaching the public and health professionals how to help people in crisis is crucial.
Suicide is still a taboo subject, though most of us know someone who struggles with mental illness, trauma, or some kind of tragedy. That stigma means very few people think to talk about mental illnesses in public, we are shy to reach out and talk to our friends even when we know they may be going through tough times hence it's real hard to raise charitable donations for this cause. Be a friend, help others and donate.
Please support my efforts to help Samaritans in New York continue its all-important, life-saving work. Every donation is 100% tax-deductible. Every amount small and large is truly appreciated.
Also consider.... walking with me and having your own page or if you are a business, becoming a sponsor. I'll help. Contact me. The minimum goal is $250 to walk and you get a fabulous brunch and cocktail at the finish line. Click HERE to walk and have your own fundraising page. The link brings you to our website walkathon page where you scroll down to the "Click here to create your own fundraising page". And there's simple instructions just below that if needed.
Samaritans 120 caring volunteers are the heart of our organization, donating 35,000 hours a year to guarantee that when a person in crisis calls our (212) 673-300 crisis line that there is always someone there who will take them seriously, listen to what they are going through and provide a shoulder to lean on. Literally two to three of oiur 120 volunteers stay up all night to cover 365 nights of the year! Please be there for them too and give generously.
Pitch in! Donate now!
Thanks, love you guys