The Walk With Me, Be Drug Free event at Mortimer Farms on Saturday, March 27th, is an annual celebration to raise awareness about the fact that the majority of people in our county are drug free. This celebration is hosted every year by MATFORCE, an anti-drug organization that educates and raises awareness about substance abuse issues.
As part of our broader Stand With Me, Be Drug Free positive messaging campaign, the Walk With Me event is the culmination of activities surrounding a week of awareness regarding the positive aspects of staying healthy and choosing not to use drugs. It will be held Saturday, March 27th from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at Mortimer Farms in Dewey. The Farm Park will be open to all families and community members. And a 1-mile Family Fun Walk starts at 10:00 am. There will also be a face painter, balloon animal artist, hot chocolate, and more.
The Stand With Me, Be Drug Free campaign was born from an idea of a long-time MATFORCE volunteer who pointed out that the majority of people in our county are drug free. And furthermore, that we should be purposefully celebrating that fact to help promote a healthy lifestyle for everyone.
This year we are adding our annual Youth Poster Contest to the list of activities to participate in during the weeklong celebration. Yavapai County youth ages 5 to 18 are encouraged to create original artwork with an anti-drug message for a chance at a $250 grand prize. There are lots of chances for youth to win cash prizes. Deadline for entry is Friday, April 2nd. Visit matforce.org/youth for more details.