The Rochester Area CROP Walk is set to return for a 30th year on Sunday, Oct. 13.
The walk, at Rochester Municipal Park, offers a 4.5-mile route starting and ending at the park and traversing through downtown Rochester and west on University Drive to Crittenton Hospital.
Registration is in the Kiwanis Pavilion beginning at 1 p.m. and the walk begins at 2 p.m. on Oct. 13.
Rest stops with bottled water are located along the route. For information on the local walk, contact Kevin Nielsen at (586) 291-9517. To register your organization, family or self, contact Sue Herrick at (239) 357-0980.
Over 2,000 communities all over the United States hold CROP Walks annually. Other local walks include the Lake Orion-Oxford Walk, Troy Area Walk, and the Birmingham/Bloomfield Area Walk. The Rochester CROP Walk began in 1976. After 10 years, the Rochester walk was discontinued and then re-established in 1994 by the Rochester Area Ministerial Association. Walkers from 13 area churches and organizations gathered last year and raised over $17,000.
Church World Service CROP is a global emergency relief organization. CROP stands for Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty. Funds raised by walkers will be used throughout the world to provide water, food, blankets and other emergency supplies to disaster victims. CWS also supports education in communities. These educational projects, such as how to build simple stoves for cooking or dams for a yearlong water supply, are the kinds of self-help assistance provided. To learn more about Church World Service, visit its website at www.cwsglobal.org.
Of the walker pledges collected, 75 percent of the funds go to Church World Service to be used globally and 25 percent of the funds remain in our community to assist the Rochester Area Neighborhood House and Food Pantry in feeding the hungry in our own neighborhood. Walkers are asked to bring a donation of canned food which will go directly to the Food Pantry. For more information on Rochester Area Neighborhood House, visit its website at www.ranh.org.
People all over the world walk many miles daily for food and water.
“I feel in solidarity with those who have to walk to get water or a pound of grain for nourishment each day of their lives,” Joe Soncrant, who participates each year representing St. Andrew Catholic Church, said.
The public is invited to come and experience the feeling of a Sunday afternoon walk in the company of other people who feel compassion for others in need.
“We’re working to change the equation because we do not believe hunger is inevitable," the Rev. John McCullough, CWS President and CEO, said. "There is enough for all.”
This information was provided in a news release from Kay Smith.