FRAMINGHAM - Runners and walkers will take to the streets of Framingham during the Purple Passion 5K fundraiser, which will support the local group Voices Against Violence, on Saturday, September 23.
Voices Against Violence, a part of the South Middlesex Opportunity Council (SMOC), is an organization that has provided resources and aid to victims of domestic and sexual violence for decades. It serves 14 communities across the MetroWest region, including its home base in Framingham.
“Seeing cases going up, situations happening with families in our communities, it’s something that I’ve always been very passionate about and I wanted to be a part of making a difference,” Component Director of Voices Against Violence Sixmarie Rodriguez said.
Money raised during the 12th iteration of the event will support continued operations at Voices Against Violence, such as their 24-hour hotline, emergency sheltering, advocacy for medical and legal needs, and support groups.
Last year, Rodriguez said the 5K gathered around $32,000.
“We’re definitely hoping for more,” Rodriguez added.
“The funds are necessary for the program.”
The run and walk will begin and end by the organization’s offices along Bishop Street. The route will take participants onto Howard Street, Concord Street, Dennison Avenue, Warren Road, Flagg Drive, Normandy Road, Harrison Street, Dyer Street, Hartford Street, Lower Street, and back onto Bishop Street.
Leaders with Voices Against Violence and SMOC, along with survivors as well as local officials including Framingham Mayor Charlie Sisitsky and State Representative for the 6th Middlesex District Priscila Sousa will be on hand to provide remarks at 7:30 a.m. prior to the race’s start at 8 a.m. Once the runners have taken to the course, non-competitive walkers will begin their 5K.
Rodriguez invites all members of the community to participate in the 5K and the program itself, as they provide training to people who want to help.
“I feel like training someone is like training a bunch of other people,” Rodriguez continued, “because they will go out and spread the word and educate.”
“Knowledge, I believe, is power, so the more we can get out there and educate people around the issue, the better it will be.”
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