The fourth annual Walk to REbeL will occur Saturday, May 10 at Blue Valley Northwest at 9 a.m. REbeL leader sophomore Madison Morrill said the Walk to REbeL’s purpose is to address how people view themselves.
“The REbeL walk is basically a huge event to bring out everyone to raise awareness for body image issues and to let everyone know that no matter what you look like or who you are or what you’re into, you’re beautiful no matter what,” she said.
REbeL sponsor Jessica Edwards said the Walk to REbeL is the largest activity for the organization each year.
“It’s basically a chance for us to get all of the schools who are involved together and get the community [and] family members together to celebrate everything that REbeL stands for,” she said.
The Walk to REbeL will also include activities such as music from a disc jockey, face painting and a photo bus. Edwards said the event has grown with the club.
“The organization has gotten a lot of media attention this year, and we’ve spread to more schools this year,” she said. “So, I think the biggest difference is that [the Walk to REbeL] has just grown a lot. There will be more activities and, hopefully, more people.”
REbeL does other activities throughout the year to discuss the issue of body image.
“We try to do one big project per quarter,” Morrill said. “We’re planning on doing a big ‘Be You’ week this quarter, which is basically a REbeL spirit week where each day will have a theme to encourage positive body image. We do the sticky note attacks every so often. We also do sidewalk-chalkings.”
Morrill said she wants to raise more money than last year’s event.
“This year, we’re really hoping to raise more money that we did last year because this way we can install [REbeL] into more schools,” she said. “It costs about $5,000 for each school to have the program.”
Walk-up registration is $30 for students and $35 for adults. Check-in will run from 7:30-8:45 a.m. on the day of the event.