Andover stroll raises money for the homeless

October 23, 2016 by  

The annual Hike for Hope was recently held in Andover to raise money and awareness for neighboring Lazarus House in Lawrence, which helps the homeless and those living in poverty in the area.

More like a three-mile walk, the Hike for Hope traversed the streets of Andover, beginning and ending at The Park at Bartlet Street. Directed by Dave McGillivray, Race Director of the Boston Marathon, President of DMSE Sports, Inc., and founder the walk, the event was family-oriented and focused on the community.

There was entertainment and music, kid-friendly activities, and food of various kinds. Bridget Shaheen, Director of the Lazarus House, provided the welcoming remarks.

McGillivray created a detailed plan in establishing the walk. During the first year, $30,000 was raised by the 300 participants. The goal for this year is $225,000. Those who were not able to participate in the race are able to contribute until the end of the month by going to the website of the Lazarus House, and selecting the walk as a gift designation.

Lazarus House might benefit from the assistance of a local printing company to create flyers and other printed materials regarding its services to help in the fundraising efforts. It also provides food and clothing, health services, and job training programs, and emergency and transitional housing for individuals and families.