Voices of Hope to hold vigil, 5K race
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.