On Saturday, September 24, Delbarton hosted its annual Raising Hope Awareness Walk. The goal of the event is to remove the stigma attached to mental illness, bring attention to the facts about suicide, remember those who have been lost, and show support for families and friends.
The student coordinators for this year’s event were Vance Vanvolkenburgh ‘23, Tiarnan Nowak ‘23, Neel Dhall ‘23, Matthew Dooley ‘23, Angus McDonald ‘24 and Macallan Kraft '23. The coordinators gave presentations on mental health and suicide awareness at this Friday’s Morning Meeting that was well received by the community. In addition, thanks to the September 23 dress-down day, that the student coordinators ran, the student body donated $2,114 for the fundraiser before the walk on Saturday.
The walk began at Upper Abbey Field on Saturday morning with an opening ceremony run by faculty member Jesse Mazzola and a breakfast that was put together by several mothers who served as coordinators of the event: Kelley McDonald, Tracy Olsen, Lisa Donini and Susan Perry. Following breakfast, Br. Will McMillan led the group in prayer. The Varsity Football and Soccer teams also participated in the event before their respective games.
More than 350 participants started the walk at Upper Abbey Field and made their way through Jockey Hollow. When everyone returned to campus, they were able to re-group and enjoy fellowship and refreshments while watching the Freshmen Soccer game on Lower Abbey Field.
Raising Hope Moderator Jesse Mazzola said, "I love that this is the Raising Hope walk! Hope energizes us and gives us the ability to persevere through trials and tribulations, especially the hope that comes from trusting in Jesus.”
In the end, the event had a record-breaking turnout and raised over $11,289, surpassing the goal of $10,000. All proceeds from the event go towards the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. This organization seeks to find better ways to prevent suicide, create a culture that’s smart about mental health, and bring hope to those affected by suicide.
Thank you to all who helped to support this event. If you want more information about this topic, please visit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention website.
Enjoy these photos from this year's walk...