After losing friends to suicide, Christian Taylor, a Rockhurst High School senior, decided to organize “All Hands in KC” – a new fundraising event to support suicide prevention. Christian’s mother, Mimi Taylor, is a Kansas City native.
To support her son’s mission, Mimi will be introducing Ripple Notes (ripplenotesapp.com), a kindness app that allows users to send and track cards with kindness sentiments around the globe. The app will be demonstrated during the event and free printed sample of the cards will be distributed.
The fundraiser will be from 5 to 8 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 3 at Chicken N Pickle, 1761 Burlington St., North Kansas City. Students, parents and families from all Kansas City metro area and Johnson County high school students are invited. Tickets are $10 and include one raffle ticket.
There will be several special guests including counselors and teen therapists. Proceeds raised from ticket and raffle sales will be donated to the Speak Up Foundation created and formed by two families who both suffered personal losses due to mental illness resulting in suicide; Zero Reasons Why, a community mobilization and story campaign to prevent teen suicide and drive productive conversations to affirm there are zero reasons why suicide is an option; and the Harrison Rupp Memorial Fund in care of Rockhurst High School to support youth suffering from anxiety and depression.
Tickets may be purchased in advance via Eventbrite or onsite.