NAMIWalk to traverse Diamond Valley Lake

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Walkers will begin in the Diamond Valley Lake Marina parking lot at the 17th annual Inland Empire 5K NAMIWalk Saturday, Oct. 26, beginning at 9 a.m. to spread awareness of mental illness.

The funding raised at National Alliance on Mental Illness’s event will help bring awareness of mental health issues and help families experiencing this illness in the Inland Empire. The organization hosts 100 other NAMIWalks across the country as NAMI seeks to make people aware that 20% of children ages 12-18 have, or will have, a serious mental illness. More than 43 million adults experience mental illness in a given year.

This year’s NAMIWalk Honorary Chair is Dr. Shari McMahan, provost and vice president for academic affairs at California State University. She will attend the event.

“There are multiple ways you can make a difference with NAMIWalks as a sponsor, committee member, team captain, team member, individual walker or volunteer,” according to a Facebook post from Inland Empire NAMI.

Registration for the walk is free, and parking is $5 per car. Registration begins at 8 a.m., followed by activities at 9 a.m. The walk begins at 9:30 a.m. No dogs are allowed except for service dogs.

The event sponsors include many local and regional businesses as NAMI Inland Empire seeks to raise $100,000, some of which has already been attained.

Diamond Valley Lake is located at 2615 Angler Ave. in Hemet.

Contact Brenda Scott at (951) 765-1850 or namiwalksinlandempire@gmail.com.

Tony Ault can be reached by email at tault@reedermedia.com.