Musicians hold suicide prevention concert in Forsyth

Authors, speakers share hope May 10

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CUMMING, Ga. — Musicians will converge once again for Karl’s Call for Life, a concert to raise suicide prevention awareness and raise funds for a nonprofit.

The event was started by Sherry Unwala of Cumming, who lost her 25-year-old son Karl in May of 2008 to suicide.

But on May 10, a concert at The Warehouse, 5095 Post Road in Cumming, will honor Karl’s memory and help raise funds for an organization that promotes suicide awareness in the community.

Among those who plan to perform are Ben Spradley, the popular Nashville-based country and Christian musician, Southern Accent, a country and Southern rock band, and Matt Thomas, an up-and-coming country singer and songwriter.

Karl was a musician and attended the University of Georgia, where he studied business.

“He was more of a humanitarian,” Unwala said. “He wanted to make the world a better place.”

While in California, Karl helped feed the poor, visited mentally challenged children and taught others how to have fun, Unwala recalled.

Money raised from the May 10 concert will fund the efforts of Suicide Prevention Action Network of Georgia (SPAN-GA).

In addition to music, Iris Bolton, author of “My Son, My Son,” is scheduled to speak and refreshments will be served.

Suicide is the 11th leading cause of death among all Georgians and the third most common cause of death among youth 15-24 years old. It’s the second leading cause of death among adults 25-34 years old, according to a 2005 Georgia Department of Community Health report.

Since Karl’s death, Unwala has been on a journey to educate others about suicide prevention.

“This is not the path I chose,” Unwala said. “It chose me.”

For more information, contact 404-660-0907.

To donate, visit www.span-ga.org.

IF YOU GO:

What: Karl’s Call for Life fundraiser concert

Why: Benefit show for Suicide Prevention Action Network of Ga.

When: 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. May 10

Where: The Warehouse, 5095 Post Road, Cumming

Cost: $10 adults; $5 students

Call: 404-660-0907

If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, call the suicide hotline

1-800-784-2433 (SUICIDE) or the Georgia Crisis and Access Line at 1-800-715-4225.