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Challenge 22 Jax’s Beach March 26th 2022
American Legion Post 129 Announces Challenge 22 Walk Set for March 26
Sponsors, participants can now register for 2nd annual beach walk, which includes speakers, food trucks and other events to raise funds for veteran suicide prevention
Jacksonville Beach, Fla. (Jan. 19, 2022) – American Legion Post 129 has announced that the second-annual Challenge 22 Walk will take place on Saturday, March 26.
On-site registration starts at 9 a.m. at the Jacksonville Beach Seawalk Pavilion, located at 75 First St. North – with the program and walk beginning at 10 a.m. – with a 2.2 mile walk to Oceanfront Park, located at 429 First Street South.
Walkers are encouraged to pre-register at https://give.floridalegion.org/challenge22jax. The cost is $22 per walker and $35 to register and receive an event t-shirt.
“Through Challenge 22, we’re not only raising funds to help prevent suicide among our veterans, but also to raise awareness about veteran suicide in our beaches communities,” said Post 129 Commander Joe Maichle. “A survey conducted by the United States Department of Veteran Affairs about showed that roughly 22 veterans are dying by suicide each day in our country.”
Legion volunteers are contacting area businesses to solicit event sponsorships and vendors to take part in the event. For sponsorship information, and to download a sponsor form for the event, visit https://give.floridalegion.org/challenge22jax — or contact Legion Post 129 Treasurer Jim Wineland at [email protected].
Ocean Beaches Post 129’s goal is to raise $10,000 through the event, which will be distributed among Florida’s suicide-prevention groups, treatment providers and nonprofits that help veterans in need of mental health assistance through Project Vet Relief’s Suicide Prevention Initiative, which is an official program of The American Legion, Department of Florida.
The local event is one of many held throughout Florida. The program (PVR/SPI) and Challenge 22, work with their strategic partners to provide advanced treatment to reduce a veteran’s risk of depression and/or suicide. Treatments also include holistic – all at no cost to the veteran.
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