Archive for Thursday, September 14, 2006

CROP Walk hitting the area

September 14, 2006

Organized locally, the annual Southern Douglas County CROP Walk will be Sept. 24 at Vinland Elementary School, southwest of Eudora. Registration begins at 1 p.m. and the walk begins at 1:30 p.m.

Organizers have set a goal of 125 walkers and hope to raise $8,000 to help stop hunger in the community and around the world, through self-help development initiatives.

Churches and groups from the communities of Eudora, Baldwin, Wellsville, Gardner, Edgerton, Worden, Vinland and Clinton participate in the CROP Walk.

The CROP Walk starts and ends at Vinland Elementary School, southwest of Eudora. A portion of the funds raised in Eudora will go to the food pantry of the local ministerial alliance.

Last year, 100 walkers raised more than $6,000.00 in the CROP Walk.

This year Eudora and some 2,000 cities and towns nationwide are joining together in interfaith community CROP Walks around the theme "Walking Together." Many of the CROP Walkers will be wearing "Walking Together" T-shirts, proclaiming their solidarity with the millions of neighbors around the world who have to walk to live -- as well as with the millions served by local food pantries, food banks, and meal sites here in the United States. These local ministries share in the funds raised by CROP Walks.

Africa is one part of the world where CROP Walks are making a big difference -- in helping people grow food for their families, in providing clean water to villages, in working to assure that schools are zones of safety and learning and in the struggle against the AIDS pandemic. This year, Africa presents special challenges, with millions in the Darfur region of Sudan still uprooted by government-sanctioned violence, and the severe drought that imperils food supplies in Kenya and other parts of East Africa.

CROP Walks are also making a big difference along the U.S. Gulf Coast, as communities continue their recovery from Hurricane Katrina, in northern Pakistan, where recovery efforts continue in quake-affected areas, and in our response to the developing humanitarian crisis in Lebanon.

For more information about the CROP Walk, call Diane Massey at 542-3110 or visit the Web site at www.churchworldservice.org.

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