Walk For The Hungry
The annual Estes Park CROP Walk will be Sunday, October 5, 2008, at 2:00 p.m. around Lake Estes. The walk will start at the Estes Park Visitor’s Center.
For sixty years people across America have been raising money and donating materials and food to overcome world hunger, resettle those who have been made homeless by war, and provide wells for clean water, educational opportunities, and relief following natural disasters. Here in the United States money raised through CROP walks has been instrumental in responding to hurricanes Katrina and Rita as well as those that have caused damage already this fall. CROP walks are carried out across the United States by local church groups and individuals on behalf of Church World Service.
Church World Service uses less than 5% of its income for administrative purposes and is one of the main nongovernmental organizations ministering to those made homeless by the conflicts in Darfur, Iraq, Congo, Afghanistan and other areas of conflict. They have also resettled many thousands of refugees both in other areas of the world and here in the U.S.
Many of the projects are to provide self help, such as irrigation; vegetable, animal and grain production projects; and projects in health and education.
The recent floods in India which destroyed much needed crops, drought in East Africa and earthquakes in China have put great demands on the resources of relief organizations such as Church World Service.
Twenty-five percent of the proceeds of the walk will go to our own local pantry and relief program, Crossroads, to meet the needs of those who are facing food, housing and medical need&.
The local CROP Committee would like to have one hundred walkers and have a goal of raising seven thousand dollars for hungry people.
Everyone participating in the walk will receive a CROP tee shirt. Sponsor sheets are available from several of the Estes Park churches including St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, Community Church of the Rockies Presbyterian Church, First Methodist Church and Pinewood Springs Community Church-Presbyterian. If you have questions about the walk or about CROP please contact Peter Vanderveen at 586-0578.