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Walk for a cause

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By Special to the Monitor

Starting at 2 p.m. Sunday, Los Alamos residents can walk to make a difference.

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The CROP Hunger Walk/Turkey Trot will begin at Los Alamos Middle School. CROP stands for Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty.

Overall, 25 percent of donations stay at the local level with LA Cares, helping supplement the diets of 100 families in town. The other 75 percent helps globally with the fight against hunger and poverty from the grassroots level by providing seeds, tools, basic agricultural techniques, replacing fishing boats lost in the Indonesian tsunami, etc.  

If you’d like to join us with this fun family event, it’s held in conjunction with the Turkey Trot.

The CROP Walk is a 2.57-mile fun walk or run. There is no cost to participate, but donations of non-perishable food or money are welcomed.  Please come early to register and T-shirts will be distributed.

It’s a fun walk and also a timed race. Intimidated about a race?  Don’t be. Many families participate with their young children and older adults walk, too, and the race portion is optional.  

There will be face painting by Josephine of Son-Shine Art, and free food after the race will be served.

People who are closest to predicting their finishing time may win a turkey or pumpkin pie.

What issues does the CROP Hunger Walk/Turkey Trot address? Los Alamos is fortunate to have access to clean drinking water but not everyone is so lucky.

The average distance women in developing countries walk each day to fetch water is 3.6 miles.

CROP helps with issues related to clean and accessible water, hunger and poverty at the grassroots level.  

There are issues that require attention because as the World Food program stated, “1.02 billion people are undernourished worldwide – more than one of every seven people on the planet.  Additionally, hunger and malnutrition are the number one risk to global health, killing more people than AIDS, malaria and Tuberculosis combined.”  

CROP Walk donations help at the grassroots level to support sustainable self-help development, meet emergency needs, aid refugees and help address the root causes of poverty and powerlessness.

As the event approaches, local support is becoming visible.

A few CROP Walk shirts may be seen around town worn by the committee members or previous years’ participants.

People might also spy some of the “Help CROP Stop Hunger” signs posted at some of the local business sponsors, including The Animal Clinic of Los Alamos, Caldera Pharmaceuticals, Eye Associates of New Mexico, The Finishing Touch, Golden Aspen Massage Therapy, Otowi Station Museum bookstore, Home Run Pizza, Coca Cola, CB Fox, Los Alamos Chiropractic and LA Fitness Center. Call Lynn Wysocki-Smith at 661-9619 or tewapack@rt66.com for more information.