Cross Over Ministries To Host Virtual Walk


In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Week, Cross Over Ministries is hosting a virtual walk throughout Montgomery County. 

Mental Health Awareness Week is May 18-24, and organizers with Cross Over Ministries will be hosting daily events and activities on the group’s Facebook page throughout the week. 

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing guidelines, they will also sponsor a virtual walk/run the week of May 23 through May 28.

“You choose your days, time, distance and favorite route to join us from your community to raise awareness about mental health,” said volunteer Andrea Ruppert.

Donations to the organization will be accepted for the virtual walk, and donations of all size will be accepted, but those who donate $20 or more will be eligible for participation prizes. All participants will also receive a “Be Well, Stay Well, Live Well” sticker after the event is complete. 

Participants are encouraged to share photos from their walk on social media using the hashtag #destroythedarkness and #crossoverministries. 

“Also share with us how may days you participated that week, your distance, your most unique route and any other highlights so we can connect with you,” Ruppert said.

On the very last night, May 28, organizers ask participants to light a candle or turn on their porch light in honor or in memory of those who struggle with mental illness.

Pre-registration for the walk is available online at, or checks may be sent to Cross Over Ministries, PO Box 238, Hillsboro, IL 62049.

For more information, contact Andrea Ruppert, Kate Niemeier or Dawn Young. 

All proceeds will be used in Montgomery County to promote mental health needs through Cross Over Ministries, which is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.


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