CROP walk event set for April 14

An event that has faded to a standstill over the past 10 years in Brady is hoping to get off on the right foot in 2001 as dedicated members of the community work to benefit CROP Walk’Communities Reaching Out to People in need. An acronym for Communities Reaching Out to People in need, CROP Walk is held nationwide and aims at eliminating hunger. CROP Walk was started in 1969 by Church World Service, a ministry of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States. The first Texas walk was held in 1971. From 1982 to 1990, with the exception of 1989, Brady played an important role in funds generated for CROP Walk. In 1984 Brady and McCulloch County raised $3,158 through the event. “We can put our faith into action by joining with more than 2.3 million people in some 2,000 towns and communities this year to stop hunger,” said community coordinator for CROP Walk Cary Reed. “More than $3.6 million will be shared with food banks, pantries, community gardens and other local hunger-fighting agencies in more than 80 countries around the world.” Most of the walks throughout the years in Brady averaged 50 walkers with the largest concentrated numbers coming from the Methodist and Presbyterian Churches. According to Reed, age is not a factor, and social status, church affiliation, gender and ethnicity do not matter. An estimated 30 percent of the funds raised in the walk will remain in the community and benefit local charities. This year’s CROP Walk will get under way on Saturday, April 14 at 9 a.m. at Richards Park. For more information, contact Cary Reed at 597-3436 or Mike Telford at 597-2956.

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