Wednesday, 17 August 2016 11:00

Addiction Awareness Walk & Event Aug 21st at the Oswego Elks

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Cori Welch (addiction Awareness) and Teresa Woolson (WOW Foundation) with Addiction Awareness Walk T-Shirts for Sunday. Cori Welch (addiction Awareness) and Teresa Woolson (WOW Foundation) with Addiction Awareness Walk T-Shirts for Sunday. Submitted photo

Addiction has been in the news a lot – There is an urgent need for more information, education and awareness about the Opioid Crisis and addiction in general.

Families and friends are in a unique position to help their loved-ones through their addiction recovery, and could benefit from additional resources to help. From support groups to peer specialists, therapy and recovery plans, alternative services, in-patient/out-patient therapies, etc., there is a lot to learn and events like this highlight the abundant resources available in Oswego County to help. The VOW Foundation’s President, Teresa Woolson, has helped the Addiction Awareness Group get started and continues to assist groups such as this with awareness activities. Any proceeds above expenses for this event will be donated to the VOW Foundation, a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization whose mission is education about synthetic drugs, addiction and mental illness.

The first Addiction Awareness Walk in Oswego will take place this Sunday at the Oswego Elks Lodge, 132 West 5th Street in Oswego. FREE Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. The WALK will start at the Elks on West 5th & Bridge Streets – Continue East on Bridge Street – Making a RIGHT at East First Street – RIGHT at East Utica Street – RIGHT at West First Street – LEFT at Bridge Street/104 West back to the Elks Lodge. T-Shirts will be available to purchase, posters available to carry and flyers for distribution.

Service Providers, education, information, vendors, food, raffles, balloon creations and much more will be available at the free event inside the Elks Lodge following the WALK. Speakers and entertainment are planned, along with many fun raffles and information.

The Addiction Awareness Group – for Family and Friends of Addicts – meets every second Tuesday at the Farnham Prevention Offices at 283 West 2nd Street in Oswego. Everyone is welcome to attend. The Group’s Co-Facilitators are Cori Welch and Amy Pelow, both mothers of addicts. Meggan Gauger, a former addict who now volunteers in the community to help others struggling with addiction, is also on the event planning committee.

For more information or to volunteer at the event, please contact Cori Welch at 532-8518 or email [email protected]

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