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Suicide prevention task force raises $33,000+ for local efforts

United2Prevent is proud to announce that it has raised more than $33,000 through generous donations made by individuals and businesses for the Run to Prevent 5K and 1-mile run which was held on Sept. 24. This money will go toward the continued awareness and prevention efforts of United2Prevent in the Valdosta-Lowndes community.


The run, which was United2Prevent’s first event, attracted over 100 runners between the 5K and 1-mile run categories. Numerous volunteers also turned out to donate their time to make the event a success.


“When we started planning this event, we set a goal of $20,000 and we are so overwhelmed with gratitude by the generosity of our community that has allowed us to surpass that goal,” said Charlene Blache, board chair and director of fundraising for United2Prevent. “We look forward to seeing what impact these funds can be used to make on our community in the form of real suicide prevention efforts. We want people to know they are important, they are loved, and help is available for those who are thinking of ending their life.”


United2Prevent's mission is “to increase our community’s awareness, understanding, and knowledge of suicide so that people contemplating taking their own lives can be helped before they choose it as the solution to their suffering.” Run to Prevent supports this by increasing the awareness and understanding of suicide.


United2Prevent is planning its outreach efforts for 2023, if an organization has an interest in partnering with them for any mental health or suicide prevention efforts, they can contact them at


If a person is having thoughts of suicide 24/7/365 help is available by calling 988 or visiting


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