Run-Walk Sponsored by the Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover Foundation a Great Community Success

The beginning…from

More than 1,000 people from across Western Massachusetts turned out for Saturday’s Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover Anti-Bullying Back-to-School 5K Road Race and 2K Walk at Forest Park and the money raised that day — close to $7,000 — coupled with earlier donations means a scholarship will be established in Carl’s honor.

The sixth-grader at New Leadership Charter School hanged himself on April 6, 2009, after persistent bullying at school

“We have what we need for our scholarship fund to be administered through the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts. We needed $10,000 and I just deposited $10,027,” said [Gwynetta] Sneed, the initator of the walk, on Tuesday.

She said a second fund-raiser planned for spring will be “icing on the cake and allow for more scholarship money to be given.

There were 200 pre-registered walkers/runners; however, the final tally was much more. I would not be surprised that interest in the walk-run factored in from many other sources, besides the gay community. There was also support for the event from the mayor, the state senator and U.S. representative whose constituents include those residents from Springfield, the local Urban League, and the Step Forward Step Ahead Program, for starters.

Funny, how when you are dead and far from any earthly assistance, everyone wants to jump on your bandwagon…

We need to stop bullying now and save other children’s lives. Including those who bully.

[Foundation president Gwynetta] Sneed, business manager for a Verizon corporate training program at Springfield Technical Community College and the mother of two adult children, said she feels the event was also successful in helping young people understand that “words hurt.”

“I think some of our young people have come to understand that words hurt,” Sneed said.

“A young man was interviewed on Saturday and admitted to being a bully in the past, but said he doesn’t do it anymore because he understands how it hurts. I think they realize how bullying can lead to suicide.”

Catch them early.

Think of having a run-walk against bullying in your communities.  The more attention to this problem, the less people will tolerate this kind of behavior.

More information and photos are located at the Foundation website here.

~ by blksista on October 7, 2010.

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