SEASIDE HEIGHTS – Join local nonprofit organization HOPE Sheds Light on September 8 for the 5th annual HOPE Walk on the Seaside Heights Boardwalk, where the local community can come together to learn about addiction and recovery.
HOPE Sheds Light of Toms River works to educate the public about the disease of addiction. The HOPE Walk is just one of the ways that the organization does this. Founded in 2012, HOPE Sheds Light co-founders have a personal connection to addiction having lost family members to the disease in the past.
“The message our founders wish to share with you is that help is nearby, and families can recover together,” said Chief Executive Officer Pamela Capaci. “Come down and walk with us. Hope is here for you.”
Members of the community can come out to learn about addiction, spread hope, and create a support system for their neighbors at the walk. There will be substance abuse resources available for family and friends, inspirational speakers, a Tree of HOPE to remember those who were lost to addiction, as well as vendors, raffles, and more.
Now, participants will also have the opportunity to make teams for the two-mile long walk. Each team should have at least four members and must set a fundraising goal.
“The team that raises the most funds for HOPE Sheds Light will be recognized at the event and prizes will be given to the top three fundraising teams,” said co-founder Arvo Prima.
Members of HOPE expect a big turnout for this year’s event, anticipating over 3,000 participants.
“This year, we are hoping to have 3,000+ participants create a sea of yellow on September 8th,” said co-founder Stephen Willis. “It is just so powerful to see our community come together to provide hope for those suffering from the epidemic.”
The organization intends to celebrate recovery and bring hope to the community with the HOPE Walk, according to Capaci.
“We’re always hearing about the negatives of the disease. But by bringing hope and education to the community, we support each other and those affected. We show that recovery is possible.”
Registration will begin at 8 a.m. on the Hiering Avenue beach in Seaside Heights. Registration is $10 and includes a free t-shirt.
For more information, visit HOPEShedsLight.org.