World hunger awareness is raised at CROP Walk

October 06, 2003|by PEPPER BALLARD

Area walkers pounded the pavement Sunday, strolling along highways and city streets, in an effort to help feed the hungry.

Small groups were scattered walking along Shepherdstown Pike Sunday as part of the South County CROP Walk.

Walkers said they were trying to raise awareness about world hunger by walking the five miles between Sharpsburg Pharmacy and Keedysville's Taylor Park.

Three other communities in Washington County hosted similar CROP Walks Sunday: Hagerstown, Clear Spring and Hancock.

The five miles walked represents the average trek people in some Third World countries must travel for food, said Lyndell Clipp, co-chairman of CROP Walk for Keedysville churches.

He said funds raised by sponsored walkers will go to countries that need the money for food. Twenty-five percent of the money raised will go into the South Washington County Food Bank, said Lyndell, 43, of Keedysville.


He said St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Keedysville has a $500 sponsor.

Lyndell, who was waving a CROP Walk sign at drivers as they passed, said people waved back at him and sometimes beeped their horns.

"We should have brought an offering basket," he said.

Pat Patterson, 72, who was walking with Lyndell, finished an ice cream cone while Lyndell talked.

Patterson wiped his mouth and tattled on Lyndell.

"He finished his first," he said with a laugh.

Lyndell said he felt an overwhelming sense of irony as they walked with ice cream cones in hand, but he said the treats were a gift from friends.

Some walkers took up more than one cause while out on the highway Sunday.

Members of Girl Scout Troop 196 of Keedysville kept themselves busy trying to wrangle up a stray dog who thought the walk covered both lanes of the highway.

"It picked us up, so we're trying to hang onto it," said Rodi Kadin, 54, of Boonsboro, who was walking with the Girl Scouts.

The girls tied an old jacket around the dog's neck and it walked with them to the end of the line, where they planned to figure out how to get it back to its owner.

Tamara White, 40, of Sharpsburg, the troop's co-leader, said the girls were working Sunday on a community badge, but added, "I'm sure there's some sort of pet badge."

The girls refocused on their original cause once they finished getting control of the dog.

Addie White, 10, of Sharpsburg, said she feels good about walking to help rid the world of hunger, but admitted that she probably wouldn't be able to walk five miles each day to get food.

"Well, I'd get pretty tired," she said.

Other troop members said they were proud of themselves for being generous and were thankful for what they have.

"We can go into the grocery store and the food's already made," said Tessa Robillard, 10, of Boonsboro.

Sarah Hull, 10, of Keedysville, said she was tired after walking almost halfway to the park.

She said if she had to walk five miles to get a meal, "I think I'd move a little closer to the food."

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