Walkers, runners, rockers invited to Janesville CROP Hunger Walk on April 27

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Shelly Birkelo
Tuesday, April 8, 2014

JANESVILLE—After a long, hard winter, walkers and runners are feeling a spring in their steps.

They can step out Sunday, April 27, in the 2014 CROP Walk led by Catherine Smith, Janesville, who recently was crowned Southern Wisconsin's Outstanding Teen.

The music of Bill and Bonnie Stevens, Janesville, will greet walk participants at Cargill United Methodist Church, 2000 Wesley Ave.

Last year, 210 registrants raised $30,700.

This year, the goal is to “increase everything by 10 percent from last year,” said Deb Fisher, event chairwoman.

ECHO will receive 25 percent of the money raised during this year's event, which comes at a critical time for the faith-sponsored charity, she said.

“The three summer months are the toughest times as far as donations are concerned,” said Fisher, an Everyone Cooperating to Help Others pantry volunteer.

The remaining 75 percent of money raised will help provide drinking water and food in developing countries.

“Seventeen percent of the world's population does not have access to clean, safe water,” Fisher said.

Money raised will be used to pay for digging wells, she said.

Proceeds will be used to provide food in developing countries and to teach those living there how to farm, Fisher said.

ECHO will collect canned goods and nonperishable items the day of the event.

“The pantry is not nearly as full as it is during the holidays and makes it possible to serve the 40 families a day that come to ECHO five days a week,” she said.

For every pound of food donated, the Feinstein $1 Million Challenge will donate one dollar. Proceeds will be divided among nonprofit hunger-fighting agencies nationwide.

Since the Janesville CROP Hunger Walk started in Janesville 37 years ago, it has raised more than $900,000 in the fight against hunger, Fisher said.

“That's a lot of money to provide food for the community,” she said.

The economic downtown has impacted many families in Janesville, Fisher said.

“We're doing this to make a difference for those people who have been impacted through no fault of their own,” she said.

The walk is symbolic, Fisher said.

“People in the world and in Janesville have to walk to get basic, daily necessities—safe water and food.”

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