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September 19, 2008
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Walk raises money for hunger

Courtesy of Alina Gayeuski
Walk hard-- The CROP Walk included approximately 100 walkers last year and raised over $5,600 to help end world hunger. This year's CROP Walk will be on Sept. 28 at 2 p.m.
The 61st annual CROP Walk will take place on Sept. 28 at 2 p.m.

The CROP Walk, or Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty Walk, is sponsored by Church World Services (CWS).

The CWS was founded in 1946 and according to its Web site, "is the relief, development and refugee assistance ministry of 35 Protestant, Orthodox and Anglican denominations."

The CROP Walk is a three to six mile walk around Selinsgrove that raises funds and awareness to help eradicate extreme hunger worldwide, according to Senior Alina Gayeuski, Deacon of Service for the Office of the Chaplain.

"While the path around Selinsgrove is only three miles, participants are encouraged to walk the path twice to equal a total of six miles," Gayeuski said.

The length of the walk is based on the average distance some impoverished people have to travel for fresh water.

According to Gayeuski, 75 percent of the money raised will be used to support CWS' global mission.

The remaining 25 percent of the funds will help support local charities.

According to Gayeuski, last year the event raised about $5600 and included around 100 walkers.

Organizations such as the Lutheran Student Movement, Phi Mu Alpha, Kappa Delta and SU International will be participating.

"It's something that everyone can do. It brings a reality to what people live with everyday in other countries. It helps to bridge that gap," Gayeuski said.

Junior Laura Brickley, team leader for Kappa Delta, said that the CROP Walk is a great way to meet new people and benefit those in need.

"We take food for granted, it's a luxury," Brickley said.

Sophomore Karen Ward, team leader for Lutheran Student Movement, said that it's important for students and community members to participate.

"I think the issue of world hunger needs to be addressed. We have the resources to end world hunger. This is one of the ways I can help accomplish that goal," Ward said.

"The more walkers there are, the more money we raise, the more mouths are fed around the world. That's why people should walk," Ward added.

Registration for the event will be from 1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. outside of Weber Chapel.

The rain location for registration is the field house located in O.W. Houts Gymnasium.

Participants also have the option of registering beforehand at cropwalkonline.org. This Web site can also be used to make donations for those students and community members who wish to help, but do not want to participate in the walk.

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