Annual Walk Like MADD to Eliminate Drunk Driving

Families, Friends and Co-Workers Walk to Save Lives and Serve People on April 26

 

The East Tennessee Affiliate of Mothers Against Drunk Driving® (MADD) will host its signature Walk Like MADD® non-competitive 5K fundraising walk in Knoxville on April 26, 2014.

 

Following registration at 9:30 a.m., the walk begins at 10:15 a.m. at West Hills Park and will raise funds and rally support for MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving®.

 

Funds raised through Walk Like MADD help further MADD’s life-saving 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 and support for the development of advanced technology to turn cars into the cure.

 

“We encourage families and groups of friends and co-workers, to lace up their sneakers and join us for this year’s walk,” said Carole Minear, the MADD Program Coordinator located in Knoxville. “With everyone’s help, we can and will eliminate drunk driving — a 100 percent preventable crime.”

 

In 2012, 295 people in Tennessee were killed in drunk driving crashes. Nationwide, over 10,000 lives were lost due to drunk driving, and another 345,000 people were injured.

 

Sponsored by State Farm Insurance on the state level, Walk Like MADD events are taking place in four cities across Tennessee this year. Registration is $15 for those ages 5-21, and $20 for those who are 21 and over. Corporations and other groups are encouraged to form teams of 10 or more and are asked to raise $100 each through donations.

 

There are three ways to participate in Walk Like MADD:

 

1) If you live in East Tennessee, you can register to walk as an individual or form a team.

2) If you are unable to attend the Knoxville Walk, you can sign up online to raise money as a virtual walker.

3) You can give a one-time donation at www.walklikemadd.org/knoxville.

4) Or you can donate $10 to the Knoxville Walk Like MADD by texting “MADD” to 90999.

Please visit www.walklikemadd.org/knoxville to register, donate or get more information.

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