Voices of Hope to hold vigil, 5K race

Cecil Whig - - WEATHER - bshea@ce­cil­whig.com By BRI­ANNA SHEA

NORTH EAST — Voices of Hope for Ce­cil County is hold­ing two events within the up­com­ing weeks to help bring the com­mu­nity to­gether.

Voices of Hope, a re­cov­ery ad­vo­cacy and sup­port group, will host its an­nual Over­dose Me­mo­rial Vigil at the Gil­bert Light­house Pav­il­ion in North East Com­mu­nity Park on Sun­day from 6 p.m. to dusk.

Lorri Ir­rgang, event co­or­di­na­tor, said the event is open to the pub­lic, and at­ten­dees will have the chance to share mem­o­ries and ex­pe­ri­ences about the per­son they have lost.

“This is a chance for them to cel­e­brate the life of the loved one,” she said.

At­ten­dees will re­ceive a lu­mi­nary, on which they can write the names of loved ones or peo­ple they know who have died due to over­dose. The lu­mi­nar­ies will be placed in the shape of a heart, and a seren­ity pray will be re­cited, she said.

The group an­tic­i­pates 100 peo­ple will come, Ir­rgang said. She said last year, 50 at­tended and the year be­fore 25 peo­ple came.

The group is also hold­ing a 5K run on Aug. 27, at Perryville Town Park. Reg­is­tra­tion be­gins at 4 p.m. and the race be­gins at 5:30 p.m.

Pro­ceeds from the event will go to­ward the group’s first re­cov­ery com­mu­nity cen­ter, said Katie Ramey, the 5K event co­or­di­na­tor. She said the cen­ter will house the group’s ses­sions, as well as new pro­grams for those in re­cov­ery in ar­eas such as em­ploy­ment and hous­ing. Ramey said the group has also ap­plied for grants for the pro­ject.

Peo­ple can bring pic­tures of those who have died from ad­dic­tion and for those who are in re­cov­ery for the 5K’s Me­mo­rial Wall, she said.

Ramey said they are an­tic­i­pat­ing 200 peo­ple will come and are close to reach­ing that goal.

Peo­ple can pre- reg­is­ter at ac­tive. com or the day of the race, Ramey said. Reg­is­tra­tion is $10 for those 13 and un­der, $20 for those 14 and older, and free for those un­der three, she said.

Al­though, the race Tshirts have al­ready been or­dered, peo­ple who would like to spon­sor the event should send an email to voic­e­sofhope414@ gmail. com.


Voices of Hope for Ce­cil County is hold­ing an Over­dose Me­mo­rial Vigil on Sun­day at North East Com­mu­nity Park.

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