Walk 4 Respect Raises Anti-Bullying Awareness

October 27, 2015 by SoWal Staff

Middle and high schoolers are invited to a fall festival with a message. 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. 
The 2nd Annual Walk 4 Respect will take place on Saturday, Oct. 31 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Morgan Sports Center in Destin. In addition to a one-mile walk, the event will feature a proclamation by Destin Mayor Mel Ponder, and Okaloosa County Sheriff Larry Ashley will deliver remarks. Walkers are encouraged to wear non-violent Halloween costumes or something orange, the color of the anti-bullying movement. After the walk, enjoy fun festival games, food trucks, music and trick-or-treating.
“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 free family friendly event, however, the focus of Walk 4 Respect is middle and high school students. Food will available for purchase from food trucks including, Bogarbecue, Cajun Meat Train, and more!
If you would like to volunteer for Walk 4 Respect, please sign up at:
Shelter House is the state-certified domestic and sexual violence shelter serving victims in Okaloosa and Walton counties. Services provided include 24-hour domestic violence/rape hotline, crisis counseling, advocacy, outreach, primary prevention, transitional housing and confidential shelter. If you feel that a family member or intimate partner is endangering your physical or emotional safety or if you know someone experiencing this in their home, call Shelter House’s hotline at 1-800-44-ABUSE, or 850-863-4777.
Project Respect is the prevention sub-committee of the Okaloosa Walton Domestic Violence Coordinating Council. The group is made of community members working to prevent violence by reaching youth before they experience violence in their own lives. For more information, call 850-243-1201 or visit the Project Respect Facebook page at


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