A Hike for Mental Awareness...
Heath Hunt is going to embark on a journey in just a few weeks that many people dream about, but few get the opportunity to make a reality. He will be hiking the Appalachian Trail southbound from Maine to Georgia, starting on June 21 and will be on the trail consecutively for 5-6 months.
Mental health issues are an important topic and concern for Heath. He has battled with ADHD since a young age and has friends and family who suffer from other mental illnesses. Heath would like to spread awareness about the assistance available through organizations like Friends of Advantage, as well as share the funds raised through this campaign. A GoFundMe campaign has been activated to assist Heath with expenses along the trail including food, water, equipment, etc. On average, expenses average around $2 per mile and the hike is 2200 miles. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Friends of Advantage (FOA). Read more about FOA on their website - http://www.friendsofadvantage.org/ .
Heath writes, "I will be beginning my journey in Maine, going southbound on June 21st. Starting southbound is a challenge in itself. On Day 1 you summit Mount Katahdin, which is a mile high mountain, then shortly after you enter the 100 mile wilderness. I am covering the two hardest states on the AT first, and continuing the 2100+ mile journey to my home state of Georgia. I will pass through 14 different states, calculating over 5 million steps and climbing an elevation that is equivalent to ascending Mount Everest 16 times. Looking for a challenge I think I found one. So follow along as I hike the Appalachian trail. You can follow me on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter at Heath Hikes (@Heathhikes)."
The campaign is now live. No donation is too small!
Mental Illness Awareness Week with Advantage will be held October 1-7, 2017. Friends of Advantage is reaching out local restaurants in all 10 counties to ask them to partner with sharing Advantage mental illness facts and information in order to increase awareness. Participating restaurants are setting aside proceeds for this designated time as "it's worth a week" to aid Advantage is bridging gaps in funding to assist individual and program's needs that are not covered by grants, insurance, or family support.
Local churches and organizations are invited to join in the Mental Illness Awareness project by incorporating Friends of Advantage as part of your local missions program. This is a great opportunity to include our message into your programs and earmark a special offering or monthly proceeds to help educate and bridge gaps for individual's need that are not met by government, insurance, or grant proceeds.
If you are interested in participating, please contact Tammy Dalton at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 706-296-8086.
If you are interested in making a personal donation to FOA, simply click on the donate button at the bottom of the page.