Registration begins at 1:30 p.m., at the stage on Alumni Way, just outside of the Benham-Pence Student Center, where the walk begins. The planned 3.5-mile route follows Fountain Avenue south along the renovated Esplanade and the Clark County Historical Society to the First Baptist Church in the South Fountain Historic District. It continues east to Limestone Street and north past the old South High School before heading back to campus. The total walk is more than three miles and should take a little more than an hour to complete.
Registration envelopes are available at the Benham-Pence Student Center and Weaver Chapel. All walkers must register, and all envelopes must be returned at the end of the event, whether or not funds are raised.
Everyone is invited to participate in the CROP Hunger Walk, either by walking, or by using a stroller, wheelchair or other assistance. Bicycles are discouraged as the walk joins in solidarity with those whose only option for transportation is to walk (CROP's theme is "we walk because they walk").
Twenty-five percent of the proceeds stay in Springfield to be donated to the Second Harvest Food Pantry, with the other 75 percent going to initiatives throughout the world through CWS, a coalition of more than 30 Christian denominations. In 2008, the CROP Walk, which Wittenberg students, faculty and staff and other Springfield residents, raised more than $2,000.
For more information, contact University Pastor Rachel Tune at (937) 327-7413 or by e-mail at email@example.com or student coordinator Joyce Partyka, class of 2010 from Lowell, Ind., at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Written by: Ryan Maurer
Photo by: Robert Gantt
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