BORDENTOWN CITY, NJ—The Bordentown Rotary Club will once again be holding a Rotary 4 Recovery ceremony to honor those who have been lost to addiction and those are still fighting.
This year’s event, the third that the Rotary has organized, will take place Thursday, November 12 at Bordentown Beach starting at 7pm.
“The event focuses on trying to break the stigma of addiction and recognize that addiction does not discriminate,” says Hillary Moore, who is Chair of the Young Professionals of the Bordentown Rotary and who Co-Chairs the Rotary 4 Recovery Committee.
While last year’s event started indoors at Carlslake Community Center and ended with a candlelight walk around the City, this year’s event will be completely outside because of COVID-19. Organizers chose Bordentown Beach because it is large enough to have a socially-distant gathering and also provides ample parking at the River Line station.
Thursday’s ceremony will feature a brief series of speakers, including Bordentown City Mayor Jim Lynch, a community member who has been impacted by addiction, and Father Matthew Tucker of Christ Church, who will be providing a blessing as well as reading the names of those who have been lost or are still living with addiction.
Candles will be lit and a moment of silence will be held.
“The event is very powerful, as you are able to look around and know that you have a community of support,” says Moore.
Donations will be collected at the event, but organizers emphasize that they are not obligatory. The money raised will be used for several causes, but primarily to help the organization A Future After Rehab (AFAR), which funds resources for individuals currently in recovery. The Bordentown Rotary also partners with surrounding school districts to host Rotary 4 Recovery seminars at schools to educate kids and education leaders on addiction.
Even though the forecast for Thursday may be wet, the event is rain or shine- so bring umbrellas. Social distancing will be observed and attendees are required to wear masks to ensure the safety of everyone involved.
“The hope for the Rotary 4 Recovery event is to know that you are not alone and that addiction impacts almost all community members, whether we talk about it or not- so why not talk about it?” says Moore.
“What is there was a world where addiction wasn’t something people felt they had to be silent about? Maybe if we talked, more people wouldn’t be afraid to seek help. Maybe we would lose less lives. Maybe people wouldn’t feel so alone,” Moore continued.
“The possibilities are endless if we start talking and take action.”
Bordentown Beach is located at the foot of Park Street in Bordentown City, past the River Line station. Attendees who are driving to the event may park at the station.
The Bordentown Rotary’s goal is to provide service to others and to promote integrity, goodwill and peace through their close relationships with local businesses and community leaders.
To learn more about the Bordentown Rotary, visit their website HERE.