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CONTACT: City Communications Office, 816-513-1349
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Aug. 10, 2011

Join Kansas City Walk4Life to stop violence

The City of Kansas City, Mo., Health Department’s Aim4Peace program joins with community partners to present Walk4Life on Friday, Aug. 19 from 6-10 p.m. The event will be at the Central High School track at the intersection of Linwood and Indiana avenues.

“Walk4Life brings concerned residents and community partners together to show that we want an end to the shootings and killings,” said Mayor Sly James. “We are committed to bringing peace to our streets.”

The evening begins with a rally at 6 p.m., followed by a peace walk at 7:45 p.m. through the surrounding neighborhoods. Participants are encouraged to wear white T-shirts to the event.

“Walk4Life challenges residents to sign a ‘commitment to peace’ agreement that fosters and promotes a healthy lifestyle,” said Dr. Rex Archer, director of the Health Department. “We ask every concerned resident to speak out and take action about the problem of violence affecting our city’s neighborhoods, in remembrance of those who have lost family members and friends to violence.”

Community partners include the Community Meditation Center, New Life in Christ Church, Palestine Neighborhood Association, Vineyard Neighborhood Association and others.

For more information about this event, call Aim4Peace at 816-513-7916 or 816-513-7919 or email aim4peace@kcmo.org. More information on the Aim4Peace program may be found online at www.kcmo.org/aim4peace.

Media inquiries on this topic should be directed to Jeff Hershberger, public information officer, 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.

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