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CROP walk

September 4, 2016
Reinbeck Courier

"In many developing nations, people walk as many as six miles a day to get food and water. One in nine people worldwide lack access to clean water and a healthy diet. On Sunday, September 25, 1:00 p.m. , the Reinbeck interfaith community will join together again for the annual CROP Walk at Gutknecht Park, representing several churches and various ages and backgrounds walking to raise money and awareness to end hunger, one step at a time. The monies raised will go to people struggling both around the world and around the corner. Twenty-five per cent of the funds raised by CROP Hunger Walks benefit local communities by supporting food banks, pantries and community gardens. The other 75 percent are distributed by Church World Service (CWS) worldwide, helping to provide food and water as well as resources like seeds, tools, wells and water systems, technical training and micro-enterprise loans in places with greatest need.

With its inception in 1969, CROP Walk is considered by many to be the "granddaddy of charity walks." Reinbeck is one of about 1500 American communities walking this year. The annual awarding of the Golden Shoe will be given to the church or organization with the most participants present. Come out and walk, run, bike or roller skate with our local churches to raise funds for missions (US and World Missions) and win the "golden shoe" for having the most participating. If you can't walk, but wish to give to give to this year's Reinbeck CROP Walk effort, you may contact a local pastor of your choice. All funds received will be put toward this hunger-conquering event. CROP points out that many different ways of fundraising are possible, and that each community should do what they think could be most effective toward achieving the goal of eliminating hunger and thirst. The money is needed and put to good use by CWS.

One prior participant said, "Our steps are a walk-in-the-park compared to what some have to go through just to get food or water for a day. We can't really imagine, but maybe this will help a little, and will help us remember to help more often."



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