Event to feature walk, activities for adults, children

AUGUSTA — The third annual Recovery Wellness Rally is set for 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, at Mill Park. All activities are free and open to the public.

The day gets under way with a Recovery Walk that begins at Mill Park to Memorial Bridge and down Water Street back to Mill Park. All other activities are set for 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Highlights include live music provided by a disc jockey, horse shoes, petanque, Rock ’em Sock ’em robots, games and face painting for children, information tables and a talent show open to everyone, with prizes for first-, second- and third-place.

Staffed and organized by supporters and volunteers from the Maine Alliance for Addiction Recovery, the day is dedicated to celebrating those in recovery from addiction to all substances, their families, friends and others just looking for a family-friendly outing, Darren Ripley, MAAR coordinator, said in a news release.

“It is a day not only to honor those in recovery from addiction and/or mental health, their friends and families, but for others throughout our community to enjoy a family-focused day of fun,” Ripley said in the release.

The event is part of National Recovery Month sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to increase awareness and understanding of mental health and/or substance abuse disorders.

MAAR is a statewide coalition that organizes people in recovery from alcohol and drug addiction and recovery supporters into a unified statewide recovery presence. MAAR staff and volunteers identify and connect individuals with recovery support community services; provides telephone support, and provides recovery coach training. All services are provided free.

In addition to MAAR, the event is sponsored by the City of Augusta; Day One, Maine Association for Substance Abuse Programs; Maine Association of Mental Health Services; MaineGeneral; Kennebec Behavioral Health; and Healthy Communities of the Capital Area.

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