Join the East Providence Prevention Coalition at the 12th annual "Rally 4 Recovery" at Roger Williams National Memorial on Saturday, Sept. 21.
Jennifer Wall, executive director of the local prevention coalition, said the rally runs from 2 pm until aroulnd midnight at the National Memorial, located at the intersection of 282 North Main and Canal streets in Providence. It is sponsored by RICARE (Rhode Island Communities for Addiction Recovery Efforts).
The free festival is expected to attract thousands of participants for live music, food, entertainment, inspirational speakers, information tables and giveaways, face painting, children’s crafts, a reptile show, balloons, bouncy houses, children and adult rides, a rock wall, a recovery quilt display, recovery tree dedications, a luminaria candle procession, and a full Waterfire, said Wall.
Entertainment will be provided by the Drums of Freedom, The Senders, and the Dumpstaphunk Band.
"The rally’s goal is to reduce the negative perceptions associated with substance abuse addiction recovery," Wall sad. "Fundamental to shifting these negative perceptions is the development of recovery friendly communities in which persons wanting to maintain their recovery are provided with recovery supports.”
"It is a community building effort, seeking to strengthen the bonds among people in recovery, their family members, friends and allies," Wall said.
Building a culture of recovery in Rhode Island is based on the belief that everyone is capable of recovering from addiction to drugs, alcohol and mental illness.
The rally ends with a luminaria procession to Memorial Park and a full WaterFire.
For more information on the event, click here or contact RICARES at 401-475-2960.