News from City Hall
City Communications Office
City of Kansas City, Mo.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 12, 2012
Aim4Peace encourages residents to get moving with Walk4Life
The City of Kansas City, Mo., Health Department’s Aim4Peace Violence Prevention Program will join with community partners to host the second annual Walk4Life on Saturday, Sept. 15 from 5-10 p.m. at the Central Academy of Excellence track, located at Linwood and Indiana avenues.
Walk4Life reminds residents that violence should be treated like a preventable disease and urges them to focus on healthy living with the theme, “Be The Movement.” With the new slogan, the hope of Walk4Life is to bring the community closer together to take a stand against violence.
“To get people moving, we’ve got to Aim4Peace,” said Mayor Sly James. “We want to put an end to the shootings and killings in our community and commit to bringing peace to our streets.”
Participants will meet at 5 p.m. at the Central Academy of Excellence, and the walk starts at 7 p.m. through the surrounding neighborhoods. All participants are encouraged to wear white T-shirts to the event and sign a “Commitment To Peace” agreement.
“We ask every concerned resident to speak out and take action about the violence affecting our city’s neighborhoods, in remembrance of those who have lost family members and friends to violence,” said Dr. Rex Archer, director of the Health Department.
Community partners include Benilde Hall, Popeye’s Chicken, Taco Bell, Truman Medical Center, Black Health Care Coalition, Vineyard Neighborhood Association, Seven Oaks Neighborhood Association, Fade N’ Aces, Central Academy of Excellence, the Kansas City, Mo., School District, and the City of Kansas City, Mo., Police, Fire and Parks and Recreation Departments.
For more information about this event or getting involved with Aim4Peace, call 816-513-7902 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. More information about Aim4Peace projects and services may be found at their Web page, www.kcmo.org/aim4peace.
Media inquiries on this topic should be directed to Jeff Hershberger, public information officer, at 816-840-2548 (pager). Follow the Health Department on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, www.facebook.com/kcmohealthdept, www.twitter.com/kcmohealthdept and www.youtube.com/user/kcmohealthdept.