When the crowds gather and the walkers take to the track on September 28, 2019 at Shannon Oaks Church, it will represent the seventh consecutive year for the MADD walk in Sulphur Springs. The regional office of MADD, or Mothers Against Drunk and Drugged Driving, was seeking a community to host the annual Walk Like Madd event. They found their home and a lot of support in Sulphur Springs. Becky Hicks, Walk Like Madd coordinator for this region, feels that her personal involvement in the cause to stop drunk and drugged driving drives her to spearhead the Walk as well as speak out all year round. In fact, Becky was in downtown Sulphur Springs on Wednesday June 26, 2019 raising money for September’s Walk Like Madd event, and explained the need for more awareness.
“There are more than 1,000 deaths on Texas roadways involving drunk or drugged driving every year. These car crashes can be prevented, and these deaths are 100% preventable. During the Walk, we will once again display dozens of pairs of shoes inside the walking track area. The Shoe Display is very moving and really gets your attention. There will be shoes and boots of every size and type, representing the men, women and children killed in car crashes due to drunk or drugged driving. Every pair of shoes represents a person who lost their life in a DWI or drug-related car crash. This is one way that we can remember them, and become more deeply aware of the victims who lost their lives unnecessarily. We especially thank our presenting sponsor, Jay Hodge Chevrolet, for their involvement in this year’s event”.
The 2019 Walk Like Madd family event will begin at 6pm with Kids Zone Fun and Education on the parking lot of Shannon Oaks Church in Sulphur Springs. Officers from the Sulphur Springs Police Department and the Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office will relate safety reminders and fire department personnel will bring fire trucks for tours. Clowns, balloons and face painting will also add to the Kids Zone activities. Becky added, “we are excited because the popular ‘Heroes, Cops and Kids’ team from the Metroplex will be coming to our event. They will be in superhero costume to entertain and inform all evening”. Following announcements from the stage, the Walk will begin at 7pm. The public is encouraged to come out, walk , and show support. Food and music will be part of the lively atmosphere. To find out more, visit walklikemadd.org/northeasttexas