Walk Like M.A.D.D. event a success
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 by Terryn Kelly
Although drunk driving is a well-known crime, after one too many drinks people still decide to get behind the wheel of a car.
They are well aware of the danger that lies ahead which can result in them hurting or killing themselves and others while on the road; yet they still insist on driving.
While various commercials and campaigns have been assembled to bring awareness to the world, the fight against drunk driving still continues.
On Saturday a 5K walk/run titled "Walk like M.A.D.D," took place at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor's Mayborn Campus Center. The signature walk is an extension of Mothers against Drunk Driving or M.A.D.D. Since 1980, the organization has been on a mission to educate others on the prevention of drunk driving as well as the consequences of doing so.
Last year, about 170 people attended the first 5K, while this year, 176 participants were counted. There was a fee for adults of $20 and for those under 21 the charge was $15.
Volunteer Mysty Rice knows all too well the outcome of when someone thinks they are sober enough to drive home.
"I speak to the local schools about M.A.D.D. and my experience with drunk driving," Rice said. "My sister Amber was killed in June 2007 by a drunk driver."
The walk serves many purposes: one can walk in memory of someone they have lost; it's a way to raise money for an important cause, and also a great way to spend time with different people who have come together for a common purpose.
"The 5K is a family fun event," Rice said. "We had activities for all ages. We had food and music, it was a great day. Our goal this year was $15,000, and I am still adding donations. Once all the totals come in, we will have met and exceed the goal."
The intent last year was to raise $10,000, which was surpassed with a total of $11,500 collected. The funds are used to support victim's families as well as educational programs. The feedback from the community has been positive along with an out pouring of support.
"There are so many businesses that are happy to hear that Walk like M.A.D.D. is going on and every year we get more people involved," Rice said. "In a few weeks, we will begin planning the 2013 Walk like M.A.D.D. 5K event. If there is anyone who is interested in joining the WLM committee, we love to have you on board."