The road to sobriety is long but people don’t have to walk it alone. That’s the message one Grande Prairie man wants to spread at this Saturday’s Walk for Sobriety event. Founder Walter White says the walk is intended to get people thinking about addictions and the help that’s out there.

“The Walk for Sobriety is to raise awareness for people with addictions and people that have family members that are suffering from that affliction as well. It’s more or less to let people know that there are ways out.”

The walk is taking place as part of National Addictions Awareness Week which runs until December 2nd. White started the event in Grande Prairie four years ago. In its first year, around a dozen people participated and last year, he says about 60 people took part.

White wants people to know that addictions are hard but they become easier to handle when people care.

“I know people that when they’re deep in their addictions or suffering they don’t always see the light at the end of the tunnel. You know if there are positive influences out there, people that care and people that have been through it before, it really makes a difference.”

The event will be held on December 1st at The Salvation Army Family Services Building on 102 Street. It starts with a health and addiction services open house from 1 to 3 and the walk will start at 3:30.

Walkers will end up at the Grande Prairie Friendship Centre for dinner and a traditional Cree ceremony called a round dance.