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Students Help Raise Funds for Mental Health Awareness
Students Help Raise Funds for Mental Health Awareness

Front (L-R): Ellie Gibney (RFH). Lily Salcedo (RBC), Claudia Kelly (RBR), Courtney Carroll (RBC)
Back (L-R): Teddy Sourlis (RFH), Michael Eulner (RBR), Thomas Lloyd (RBR)

On Sunday, April 15th, Red Bank Catholic High School students and faculty members participated in The Ridge Road Run, a collaborative charity event organized in conjunction with Rumson Fair-Haven and Red Bank Regional High Schools. The high school communities have recently dealt with the devastating loss associated with teen suicide and students from the three schools  organized to find a positive way to honor their friends and bring awareness, as well as remove the stigma associated with mental illness and depression. They put aside the friendly cross-town rivalries to come together to plan the event and work with school staff, community members and businesses to make the inaugural event a huge success.  

Over 1,400 runners braved the unfavorable weather conditions to run in either a one mile sprint or 5K endurance race.  The event had dozens of sponsors who contributed various merchandise, racing equipment and volunteers. After the completion of the race, student representatives from each school presented a check for $118,000 to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention & Mental Health Association of Monmouth County.  RBC was honored to be part of this very successful event to bring awareness about mental health issues facing young adults.