Not only did the Monroeville Mall zombie walk attract a record number of participants, with 1,341 officially registered, but it also resulted in more than a ton of food donations for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. The donations weighed in at 2,282 pounds, almost twice what was collected at the 2007 walk.
The Monroeville walk, coordinated by The It's Alive Show, a locally produced weekly television program, was the hub of the first World Zombie Day, in which 48 cities worldwide held zombie walks and food drives to fight global hunger. At press time with 32 cities reporting, the cumulative zombie total is up to 7,500 and more than two tons of food (4,153 pounds) for various local charity organizations.
“We consider World Zombie Day to be an enormous success based on the attendance so far. But the big story is that the zombies, largely a young crowd, generated more than two tons of food to help people in need. Some of our cities also raised cash in excess of $2,500 in addition to the food donations,” says Mark Menold, creator and executive producer of WZD. “This was a fun way to get people involved in a charity event. Our organizers around the world should be very proud of their work.”
For more information about World Zombie Day please visit www.theitsaliveshow.com.