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Concert raises awareness of depression
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Forsyth County News

If you go

• What: Karl’s Call for Life

• When: 6:30 p.m. Saturday

• Where: The Warehouse, 5095 Post Road

• Cost: $10 adults, $5 students

Sherry Unwala will celebrate what would have been her son’s 30th birthday by honoring his life of service to others.

The second annual Karl’s Call for Life on Saturday will feature a concert and serve as a fundraiser for the Suicide Prevention Action Network of Georgia.

Karl Unwala took his own life on May 12, 2008, two days after his 26th birthday. He had suffered from severe depression for about five months.

“Before that, he had done a lot in California,” his mom said. “He had run a soup kitchen for the poor, feeding the hungry. He was a humanitarian, took care of people.

“He didn’t believe in brand names or living big, and he lived that way so he could give to the others.”

Sherry Unwala said her legacy is to “continue the good” he did, and her calling is to raise awareness about depression and suicide.

“It’s not easy for me to discuss my son’s illness or to say what happened,” she said. “But if I don’t, maybe I won’t be able to save another life.

“I think I’ve been able to help a lot of people and I want to continue doing that.”

Karl’s Call for Life, which will take place at The Warehouse, raised about $6,000 for SPAN of Georgia last year and the concert drew a big crowd, Unwala said.

This year, local artists Heather Faraday, Derek McCloud and Jacklyn Dowda will share their music in the concert.

Aurea McGarry will serve as master of ceremonies, and speakers include Iris Bolton, director of The Link counseling center in Sandy Springs, and Sheri McGuinness, president of SPAN.

A silent auction and raffle tickets will raise money for the nonprofit.

Unwala said people of all ages enjoyed the event last year, adding that many survivors of suicide by loved ones joined together.

She also runs a Survivors of Suicide group that meets once a month at The Warehouse.

“It’s part of the healing process,” she said. “You can come there and talk about it, and we understand because we’ve been there.”