Just thought it might be handy to remind people early about the date for this year's Suicide Awareness Voices and Education (SAVE) run. The official title for the event is:
08/09/2014 9:00 am - 12:00 noon
This event seemed to cater to both motivated runners and casual walkers who wanted to bring the family dog. The atmosphere was open and casual. It's a "Fun Run," right? Many, many people touched by suicide showed up in groups, sometimes wearing t-shirts about their friends and loved ones. Last year's crowd included some Timberwolves shirts out there.
How to Chip In
Pledges Will Happen
There are pledge drives around this, like for other charity runs. The family group connected to Canis last time was called "Tim's Troops." I don't notice that one yet this time, possibly because it's early. Heck, I don't know if Tim Allen's family plan to be there this time around at all. Things change, and you can't always tell what people need, or can do practically. We do know, though, that the Allen family got some support from SAVE two Augusts ago, and attended last year's run. Tim's dog was there too.
Alternatively, volunteering at the SAVE run last year didn't entail much trouble or tons of work. Basically there was a brief meeting a few days beforehand at a picnic table in the same park, to touch base and divvy up roles. Then we arrived early on the morning of the run, helped pop open tents, and got ready to smile and direct people, accept their pledges, and so on. If you want to sign up for that bit – I will again – then go to that same SAVE Page for this particular run and use the E-mail Address there to contact Ms. Mars. She's welcoming and will accept the help graciously. There's next to no overhead at all, here.
As we get closer, I'm sure Canis will nudge us in the right directions to help out in our small ways. This is a worthwhile cause. It's also a fun, sweet time to remember people.