You are cordially invited to hang out with me and enjoy a gentle stroll around the Esplanade and Waterfront Park on Sunday, May 23rd, for the 2010 NAMI Walk.
Sign up here
Why walk in support of the National Alliance on Mental Illness?
* Almost everyone knows someone who has experienced mental illness. Many of us, tragically, know someone who has died as a result. This is an opportunity to do something to help those who experience mental illnesses, and their families.
* Participation shows you care. Last year, we had around 1,600 walkers. Let's show how many more people recognize that stigma around mental illness should be a thing of the past.
* It's NAMI's main fundraiser. All the services the organization provides to people experiencing mental illness, and their families, are offered at no charge. Giving even $10 with your registration helps. More helps more, of course. Alternatively, if you can't walk but want to support, it's fine to register, donate, and not show up.
* It's good exercise and community bonding - you'll meet wonderful people, get a little fresh air, and go as far or as little as you're able. The route is wheelchair-accessible and near transit routes,in case you need a ride back.
* It's part of the Council Challenge on Wellness, for City employees and their families. Participate (on your own time, of course) in this and the four activities selected by other Council members over the rest of the year, and receive recognition as a Wellness Champion in the fall. Simply have another City employee sign your event sheet at the walk, to verify you participated.
* Kiss up to the Commissioner! As a Public Campaign Finance Fund Commissioner, I don't accept donations to a political campaign committee. I will truly appreciate your participation in this activity, and contributions to this organization that is so dear to my heart. For showing up, you will have the opportunity to walk alongside me and tell me whatever's on your mind. Of course, you can always call Milena at 503-823-4124 and ask for a half hour in the office, if you want a more formal appointment. But that won't be walking outside, on what is usually a beautiful May afternoon.
* Don't kiss up to the Commissioner! If we get 2,000 people participating, it will be easy to avoid hanging out near my "Hi, I'm Amanda" campaign sign, and enjoy the walk with others, if you prefer. If you want to form your own team instead of joining mine, or walk as an individual, that's fine too. Just participate! You'll be glad you did, and NAMI and I will be glad you did, too.
Sign up here
In the middle of the page, there’s a blue button that says “Join the team” – just click that, and when it asks you which team you want to join, choose “Commissioner Amanda Fritz.” It will walk you through the steps to sign up.
If you have trouble at any point, visit the main NAMI Walk web site – there’s a video on the right-hand side of the page that shows you how to register.
Thank you for considering participating in this wonderful community event.