Our 2nd annual potluck was a huge success in many ways this year. Our biggest success was that we raised almost $4000 for The Code Green Campaign, in conjunction with Quadcross Northwest. We received a plethora of donations for our silent auction and raffle, Quadcross Northwest sold green shirts, a representative from Code Green was in attendance, and caring members of the Northwest quad community (read: most all of them!) came bearing food and money to donate. It was an amazing experience to help close out the year of Northwest racing.
The Code Green Campaign was started after a Northwest rider, Joe Green, took his life in the early Spring of 2014. Joe and his family were long time members of the quad community, and the devastation of his passing was very traumatic for many, none more than his family. Joe was a paramedic in Spokane. The Code Green Campaign aims to bring awareness and start the conversation about the mental health of first responders. Police, Fire, EMS, and more have all kinds of high stress situations to cope with, and their mental health can suffer for it.
The campaign has two main goals. Our primary goal is raising awareness of the high rates of mental health issues, substance abuse and suicide among first responders. Our secondary goal is providing education for responders on how to provide care for themselves and recognize issues in their peers. –Â http://codegreencampaign.org/
It was a privilege to help raise money for this cause, but furthermore it was a privilege to see our community band together, wearing green, and come out to support each other and the wonderful families affected by suicides. We have lost two loved people in less than two years just in the Northwest. We know their memories will live on in our hearts, and the emptiness of missing people you love is a tough burden to bear.
If you would like to continue to support The Code Green Campaign, or the Oestreich family, you can visit our store to buy apparel (http://pittraffic.com/mag/product-category/fundraising/) or visit Code Green’s store:Â http://codegreencampaign.org/store/
Thank you to everyone who donated, participated in our potluck, bought raffle tickets or auction items, wore green, and support us in our community mission. We look forward to working again for you next year!
If you would like to be involved next year, please contact us. We will be using our final rounds next year to raise money again in conjunction with Quadcross Northwest.