URBANA — The Prairie Center is inviting the local community to join in a walk next month to help promote substance abuse treatment and prevention and celebrate people in recovery.
The third annual Walk for Recovery set for 8 to 11 a.m. Sept. 8 at Hessel Park, Champaign, is also a fundraiser for the Prairie Center, an Urbana-based not-for-profit substance abuse treatment and prevention agency.
The walk is held in September in support of National Recovery Month, said J. Steven Main, marketing director for the Prairie Center.
The Prairie Center is hoping to raise $25,000 through the event to help fund its education and prevention program, Main said.
The education and prevention budget of $200,000 has to stretch over Champaign, Ford and Vermilion counties, and the four staff members in that program don't come close to serving all the schools in those counties, said Lisa Snider prevention director.
They serve about 2,500 students a year, primarily in some middle school health classes, she said.
Participants in the walk can sign up as individuals or teams. Those registering will have a chance to win a used car from one of the walk's sponsors, O'Brien Auto Park, Main said.
But anyone can just show up and walk on the day of the event, Main says, because people showing their support for prevention, treatment and recovery matters.
"It does affect more than the individual people going through recovery," he said.
To register or make a donation, see this website: http://bit.ly/N6UdzB.