Walk 4 Respect

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

Walk 4 Respect brings together teenagers from Okaloosa and Walton counties during National Bullying Prevention Month to talk and learn about healthy, non-violent relationships and treating everyone with kindness and respect. In addition to a one-mile walk, the event will feature a proclamation by Destin Mayor Mel Ponder, fun festival games, food trucks, music and trick or treating.

The 2nd Annual Walk 4 Respect will take place on Saturday, Oct. 31 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Morgan Sports Center in Destin. Walkers are encouraged to wear non-violent Halloween costumes or something orange, the color of the anti-bullying movement.

“Walk 4 Respect is going to be a fun, fall festival, but it also carries a serious message,” said Shelter House Executive Director Rosalyn Iovieno. “Teens, and even tweens, are dealing with bullying, cyberbullying and teen dating violence. The purpose of Walk 4 Respect is to bring everyone together to talk about how we can all foster a community of kindness and respect.”

Walk 4 Respect is presented by Project Respect, Shelter House and Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation. Several community agencies will have booths with information and festival games. All ages are welcome to attend this family friendly event, however, the focus of Walk 4 Respect is middle and high school students.

For more information, call 850-243-1201 or visit the Project Respect Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ProjectRespectOW.