(Sept. 6, 2019) Dress up in purple, grab your sneakers and join The Atlantic Club and Worcester County Warriors against Opiate Addiction for the “Walk for Recovery,” this Saturday on the Ocean City Boardwalk from 2-5 p.m.
The walk will begin at the Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum, at the southern end of the Boardwalk. Participants will walk to the end of the Boardwalk, which is 27th Street, and back.
The cost to participate is $20 per person. Teams are welcome. To sign up or donate, visit wocowarriors.org, atlanticclubocmd.org or stop by the registration table on the day of the event. The first 50 people to sign up will receive a free shirt.
The money raised from the walk will be split between the Atlantic Club and the Worcester County Warriors.
The money will be used to fund scholarships for education and treatment for those affected by addiction.
It will also support The Atlantic Club with its 24/7 recovery service that helps those going to and returning from treatment.
Last year, the walk funded nine scholarships.
Heidi McNeeley, director of the Resources Committee for the Worcester County Warriors and a “Walk for Recovery” organizer, said it is important to participate, “because the opium epidemic and addiction is so prevalent.”
“I don’t know anyone who hasn’t been touched by it,” she said. “People are angry and want to do something about it. The money will help those with addiction and break the stigma against them.”
Last year, about 50 people walked to show their support. This year, organizers would like to see 200 people participate.
McNeeley said they want to see “a sea of locals coming together” in purple to show their support.
Purple is the color of the Worcester County Warriors and the color of recovery.
The walk is held in conjunction with Worcester Goes Purple, which highlights addiction awareness during national recovery month.
McNeeley said that purple has become “symbolic” for the walk.
A deejay from 93.5 The Beach will provide musical entertainment. The radio station became a supporter for the cause after it lost someone to an opiate overdose about two months ago.