FRAMINGHAM – Voices Against Violence (VAV), the domestic violence and rape crisis center serving communities in the greater Framingham and Marlborough areas of Metro West Boston, is hosting its 2017 Purple Passion 5K Run/Walk to Break the Silence fundraiser on Saturday, Sept. 23 in support of the organization’s mission to end sexual and domestic violence.
This annual fundraiser features a timed 5K race and a 4K walk that will begin and end at the South Middlesex Opportunity Council’s (SMOC) parking lot, 7 Bishop Street.
There is a $30 registration fee for all timed runners and a $20 registration fee for casual runners and walkers.
Check-in and day-of- race registration will begin at 7 am at SMOC headquarters.
The timed run will begin promptly at 8 a.m., immediately followed by casual runners and walkers.
There will be light refreshments and activities for children before and after the race and walk.
The first 200 registrants will receive a free Purple Passion tee shirt featuring the 2017 event logo and sponsor list.
Parking is free in the rear lot at 7 Bishop Street.
Official event medals will be awarded to the top three finishers, along with the first, second and third place winners in each age category.
Congresswoman Katherine Clark will once again serve as honorary chair of the event and will be represented by her District Counsel, Wade Blackman of Natick.
“Voices Against Violence exemplifies our community’s leadership in the fight to end intimate partner violence. As allies and advocates, we’re committed to doing everything in our power to educate families, push for better policies, and end the silence surrounding violence,” said Congresswoman Clark.
For the past 40 years, Voices Against Violence, a program operated by the South Middlesex Opportunity Council (SMOC) has provided free and confidential services to victims and survivors of sexual and domestic violence and their families.
In 2017, the organization provided 4389 hours of counseling and case management for 821 survivors and connected 196 survivors with legal assistance. Trained volunteers and staff members spent 387 hours working with 979 victims through the organization’s 24-hour hotline.
The KidSpace Supervised Visitation Center provides safe and neutral visitation for 56 families.
Patricia Hohl, Director of Voices Against Violence, noted that, “for 40 years this organization has helped victims and their children survive the trauma of domestic violence. Our staff works in partnership with individuals and families to ensure their safety and create stable home environments, while connecting victims to support services that will help them develop personal and economic self-sufficiency. Our hope is that this family-friendly event will shine a light on the tragedy of family violence that occurs right here in the MetroWest, while we raise the necessary funds to ensure that free and confidential support and educational services remain uninterrupted.”
Event participants are encouraged to form teams and to ask their friends, family members and co-workers to support their participation by making a donation to their fundraising page so that Voices Against Violence can meet its fundraising goal.