Get ready for Chicago’s 8th Annual NAMIWalks 5k: September 21st, 2013!
We are proud to be the host affiliate for NAMIWalks Chicago, one of 85 NAMIWalks that take place annually across the United States. The five-kilometer walk, a completely free event open to everyone in the community, is Chicago’s mental health walk. The goal of the event is to increase awareness, eliminate the stigma of mental illness, and raise funds for NAMI-GC and other local partner NAMI affiliates.
NAMIWalks Chicago has taken place each fall since 2006 along the scenic lakefront trail in Chicago’s Grant Park.
Online participation and fundraising are encouraged, but not required. Participants can REGISTER themselves and others for the event, signing up as individuals, or forming or joining a team of walkers. Information can be shared electronically or printed and distributed. Walkers can request donations on behalf of their participation using their walker Web page, and all walkers raising $100 or more receive a free T-shirt on the day of the walk.
The walk is a celebration of the efforts of all of our participants. The event features live music, giveaways, refreshments, face painters, bounce castles, and more. Teams of walkers show their team pride with unique T-shirts or outfits. Organizations, individuals, families, and even dogs walk together in stride showing their support for mental health and help to bring a voice to those in need of assistance. The scenic backdrop of the Chicago skyline, Lake Michigan, Grant Park, and the museum campus allows for breathtaking photographs and a great time for all.
Please join us in making a difference.