HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Hawaii Affiliate of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) will host its signature Walk Like MADD, a non-competitive 5K fundraising walk on Honolulu on Saturday, September 10, 2016. The walk sponsored by Macy's Ala Moana, begins at 7:00 a.m. at Ala Moana Center and will raise funds and rally support for MADD's Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving.
Funds raised through Walk Like MADD help further MADD's life-saving mission and the Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving, which calls for high-visibility law enforcement, ignition interlock or "in-car breathalyzers" for all convicted drunk drivers and support for the development of advanced technology to turn cars into the cure for drunk driving.
"We encourage families and groups of friends and co-workers, to lace up their sneakers and join us for this year's walk," said Carol McNamee, MADD Hawaii Founder. "With everyone's help, we can and will eliminate drunk driving–a 100 percent preventable crime."
In 2014, 35 people were killed in drunk driving crashes statewide. This is the first time in MADD Hawaii's 32-year history that fatalities have been so low. While this is encouraging news, we want to continue reducing the number of deaths and need your continued support. Nationwide, in 2014, 9,967 people died in drunk driving crashes - one every 53 minutes - and 290,000 were injured in drunk driving crashes.
Walk Like MADD events are taking place in cities all across the country. Registration is $20 for those ages 5-21 and $25 for those who are 21 and over. Corporations and other groups are encouraged to form teams of 10 or more and are asked to raise $100 each through donations.
There are three ways to participate in Walk Like MADD:
If you live on Oahu, you can register to walk as an individual or form a team.
If you are unable to attend the Honolulu walk, you can sign up online to raise money as a virtual walker.
Or, you can give a one-time donation to Walk Like MADD.
Please visit www.walklikemadd.org/honolulu to register, donate or get more information.