The Walk With Me, Be Drug Free event at Mortimer Farms on Saturday, April 9th, 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. This is a free, family friendly event.
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, April 9th 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, free food and drinks, and more.
The Stand With Me, Be Drug Free campaign challenges social norms and misconceptions that it is a common occurrence to use drugs. When in fact, the majority of people in Yavapai County choose to be drug free. This week of events purposefully celebrate that fact to help promote a healthy lifestyle for everyone.
MATFORCE is a community organization that educates and raises awareness about substance abuse issues, and advocates for policy change throughout Yavapai County. With over 300 active volunteers, MATFORCE encompasses the belief that stopping drug use before it starts through primary prevention strategies is an essential part of building healthier communities. Programs of MATFORCE include drug prevention education in the schools, the Yavapai Reentry Project, Trauma Lens Care, public awareness and education campaigns, and advocating for policy change at the state and local level. For more information about MATFORCE visit matforce.org