FRAMINGHAM – Voices Against Violence (VAV), the domestic violence agency and rape crisis center serving 14 communities in the greater Framingham and Marlborough areas of the Metro West, is hosting its 8th Annual Purple Passion 5K Walk/Run to Break the Silence fundraiser on Saturday, Sept. 21st in support of the organization’s mission to support survivors and end sexual and domestic violence.
This annual fundraiser features a 5K timed race and casual run as well as a 3K 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 $25 registration fee for casual runners and walkers. Children under 10 participate free. Official timing is by RaceWire.
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/walk.
The first 200 registrants will receive a free Purple Passion tee shirt featuring the 2019 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 finishers in each age category.
Valerie Mulvey, former Framingham City Clerk, serves as honorary chair of the 2019 event.
“Voices Against Violence fills a critical need in our community – helping the victims of domestic violence and sexual assault rebuild their lives and secure safer futures. Our commitment to Voices will help ensure that it continues its vital mission,” said Mulvey.
Voices Against Violence, a program of the South Middlesex Opportunity Council (SMOC) serves over 5,600 people each year through their direct services for victims and prevention programs.
Patricia Hohl, Director of Voices Against Violence, said, “We’re looking forward to a really strong showing this year to support survivors and the work we do in so many cities and towns in the MetroWest to stop the violence before it begins. Let’s send a strong message that violence isn’t tolerated where we live. It also happens to be a fun morning – a run or a walk, activities for the kids, raffles, and snacks, a photo booth. And you support this work…it’s a win-win.”
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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.
For more information and to register for the 8th annual Purple Passion 5K Run/ Walk to Break the Silence, please visit: voices.purplepassion5k.org.