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WEB EXCLUSIVE For 31 years, the Foundation of Hope has been hosting Walk for Hope, one of the nonprofit’s biggests annual fundraisers, in an effort to raise money towards better understanding mental illness and promoting scientific research aimed at discovering the causes and potential cures for the likes of depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD, schizophrenia and anorexia. The foundation, which was founded in 1984 by Thad and Alice Eure of the Angus Barn, held their first Walk for Hope in 1989 after their son Thad Eure, Jr., who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, unfortunately passed away. Almost 200 people participated, raising about $20,000.
This year, due to COVID, the 32nd annual Thad and Alice Eure Walk for Hope will take place as a drive-thru at the Angus Barn on Sunday, October 11, or as a virtual walk for those who don’t feel comfortable participating in the event in person. “While we can’t walk all together in person, we’re so excited to capture the heart and soul of our flagship event,” read a post on Walk for Hope’s Instagram page. “It’s more important than ever to support mental illness research right here in our own community.”
The family-friendly drive-thru event will include live music from local musicians, swag like t-shirts and armbands, boxed lunch to-go from Angus Barn and the chance to win fun prizes, all while staying safely in your car. Take pictures or videos at the event and tag Walk for Hope on social media using the hashtag #WalkforHope to be entered in the prize drawings. To minimize traffic issues on the day of the drive-thru, the foundation is staggering car arrival times by last name. Check your time slot online here.
The Walk for Hope virtual walk/run will also take place on October 11, but participants can choose what time they’ll walk, where and how far they’ll go; they’ll also get a t-shirt and an armband for registering. If you can’t participate in either the drive-thru or virtual walk, you can make a donation online at event.racereach.com/walk-for-hope/donate.
100 percent of the money raised by participants in Foundation of Hope’s annual Walk for Hope directly funds local mental illness research at the UNC-Chapel Hill Department of Psychiatry. Since the nonprofit was founded, they’ve awarded 157 scientific research grants totaling more than $6.6 million and given more than $570,000 to 42 mental health initiatives in North Carolina.
Learn more about Walk for Hope and register online at event.racereach.com/walk-for-hope/details.
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