Sarah Jones Walk-a-Thons Raise More Than $35,000 for On-Set Safety
People got moving in Atlanta, N.Y. and Santa Monica in support of the 'Midnight Rider' camera assistant who was struck and killed by a train on the set of the Gregg Allman biopic
Vampire Diaries executive producer Julie Plec and star Paul Wesley were among those who took part in an Atlanta walk-a-thon Sunday to honor Sarah Jones, the camera assistant who died on the Midnight Rider set in February.
Additional walk-a-thons were held in Santa Monica and New York, with the three events raising more than $35,000 combined for the newly created Sarah Jones Film Foundation, whose mission is improving on-set safety awareness.
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Jones was struck and killed by a train on the set of the Gregg Allman biopic in Georgia. The 27-year-old had also served as a crewmember on The Vampire Diaries. The teams behind that show and its spinoff, The Originals, organized the Atlanta event.
Jones' parents and her brother, Eric, were also set to take part in the Atlanta walk, which participants live tweeted to raise awareness and funds. Vampire Diaries star Kat Graham also tweeted about the walk.
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You can still donate to the Sarah Jones Film Foundation and help the walk-a-thon achieve its goal of raising $50,000.
Photos of participants walking the 5K in Atlanta and pounding the pavement in New York and Santa Monica were posted on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
A free app created in honor of Jones and designed to promote set safety is currently available for Android devices; Apple has yet to approve it for iOS devices.
The Pledge to Sarah Set Safety app gives users quick access to safety hotlines for reporting unsafe hours and other safety issues and allows users to quickly access guidelines. Users can also upload evidence of long hours, which will be shared with unions and guilds.
Check out some of the photos and tweets from the walk-a-thons, including several from Plec, below.
We Are All Sarah Jones #safetyforsarah #slatesforsarah
TOUGH LIKE A GIRAFFE ! #safetyforsarah #slatesforsarah #walkforsarah
so many people out in Atlanta to #walkforsarah! are you here? #safetyforsarah #slatesforsarah
But today is really about celebrating Sarah's life and screaming the safety message out loud so everyone really HEARS it. #SafetyForSarah.— julieplec (@julieplec) October 5, 2014
11:17 a.m. This story has been updated to include information about the Sarah Jones-inspired free set-safety app for Android devices.