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ISSUE 118 VOL 3 PUBLISHED 10/1/2004

Walk supports relief

By Sarah Van den Akker
Contributing Writer

Friday, October 1, 2004

Northfield held its annual Crop Walk Sunday, Sept. 26 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Saint Peters Lutheran Church. Held in communities across the country, Crop Walk is an opportunity to raise money for hunger relief.

Crop Walk is organized by Church World Service, an ecumenical organization which supports programs worldwide for issues such as hunger relief, development and health care.

Although fundraising is done ahead of time, the walk is done to show support and concern for those in hunger around the world. Seventy-five percent of proceeds went towards Church World Service for their hunger relief efforts.

The remaining 25 percent went to the Northfield Community Action Center, which will use the money to help fund housing projects in the Northfield community. The Northfield Community Center also works towards sustaining food shelves, providing grocery vouchers, and organizing emergency food relief and delivery.

Because Crop walk is widespread throughout the United States, many participants had done one previously. "I participated in the Crop Walk last year and Im really glad I was able to come out and support such a good cause," Nan Onaka 08 said.

The walkers met around 12:30 p.m. in front of Saint Peters Lutheran Church, where they were viewed various stations with information about hunger and how people could work to end. Members of local community churches put on a short skit demonstrating the hardship and pain of hunger.

All the participants walked together, some with signs urging people to take an active role against world hunger.

Once the walkers reached Bridge Square, they were greeted with live music, refreshments and more information about different programs working to stop hunger. Fresh roses were available for people to drop into the river and say a prayer for those in need of hunger relief.

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