Burlington’s Out of the Darkness Walk breaks fundraising record

Published: Oct. 16, 2021 at 6:17 PM EDT
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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - Burlington’s Out of the Darkness Community Walk raised record funds Saturday.

At this annual event, volunteers take steps to improve mental health and prevent suicide.

Advocates collect donations that pay for research and education to help people in crisis.

This year, Chapter Chair Deb Babbie says the Burlington group doubled its goal, bringing in more than $90,000.

“Part of it is. I think. there’s much more awareness around this. I think people’s mental health has been really struggling for the last 18 months, and it’s been really, really challenging,” Babbie said. “I think people are thinking there’s not a lot of help in our future, and that’s why were here today because there is hope in our future, and we want to protect that.”

Hundreds of cities across the country host these community walks.

Vermont’s next event is Nov. 6 in Brattleboro.

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