Walk for HAWC coming up in April, rain or shine

SALEM ? Each year in April, more than 1,000 men, women and children walk a route through the city’s historic district to raise funds in the fight against domestic violence.Their efforts result in the largest annual fundraiser run by Help for Abused Women and their Children (HAWC), a Salem-based emergency shelter and counseling service that serves victims in 23 North Shore communities.This year, the Walk for HAWC gets under way on Sunday, April 27, rain or shine. It starts and ends at Old Town Hall. The walk covers five miles and passes through neighborhoods built in previous centuries. The goal is to raise awareness about domestic violence and assist HAWC in its mission.Registration and festivities begin at 11 a.m. The walk steps off at noon, with over 1,000 walkers expected to participate, based on past years. The event includes live music, activities for children, dance performances, vocals, and sandwiches courtesy of Kelly’s Roast Beef.Salem State College President Patricia Maguire Meservey is this year’s honorary chairwoman. Participating major sponsors include AMG (Affiliate Managers Group) and Travel & Transport (formerly Abacus Travel).According to HAWC spokesman Alicia Black, this year’s fundraising goal is $175,000.To register for the walk, or to donate to HAWC, go online at or call 978-744-2299, ext. 27 for more information. Sponsorship opportunities are still available, Black said.HAWC provides prevention and free, comprehensive services to victims of violence and their children. Services include a 24-hour hotline, emergency shelter, children’s services, advocacy in courts, police departments and health care settings, educational and support groups, counseling, and education in schools and the community. HAWC’s hotline is available 24 hours a day at 978-744-6841. To contact HAWC directly, call the Salem office at 978-744-8552.

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