Walkers go distance to end poverty

Members of the Rider community gather before the CROP Walk, which was sponsored by the Protestant Campus Ministry and held to raise awareness of hunger problems around the world.

by Amanda Sandlin

Students and other members of the Lawrenceville community laced up their sneakers to end world hunger on Sunday, Oct. 19 for the annual CROP Walk, sponsored by the Protestant Campus Ministry.

CROP (Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty) walkers came out to help raise awareness of global hunger and poverty. The 6.5- mile walk started on the steps of Moore Library on Sunday at 2 p.m.
The Rev. Dawn Adamy of the Protestant Campus Ministry led the group in prayer before they took off down the campus mall toward Route 206.

“We walk because they walk,” said Adamy. “What it means is that in many parts of the world they walk this distance, and longer, every day just to get water for their families. They not only walk this distance but they’re carrying buckets of water back to their villages.”

Adamy said that this was the smallest possible way people can give back and help raise awareness for the issue at hand.

“I think that being aware that not everyone in the world lives like we do not only makes us thankful for what we have, but also [makes us] committed to changing the conditions and for making the world a more just place for all of God’s children,” she said.

Adamy wasn’t the only passionate walker. Rider students also shared their views and motivation to help those less fortunate.

“I’m walking to raise awareness about those who are hungry and don’t have clean water and things like that,” said Kenneth Jacobs, a junior public relations major. “It’s also a nice time to just walk around the community in general and get to know the area.”

Most of the money donated to the CROP Walk went toward developments of the Church World Service to fight hunger in over 80 countries. Also, 25 percent of the money went to help people in the greater Trenton/Mercer area who are overcome by poverty.

Adamy said that helping the community is key.

“It helps families who are suffering, our very own neighbors, and I think that’s important,” she said. “The CROP Walk is a way every year that we sort of share solidarity with them.”

Others from outside of the Rider community also participated in the walk. Christopher Robinson, a parishioner of Saint Ann Roman Catholic Church, walked for a sponsor.

“It seems like a good opportunity to spread awareness of the hunger issues going on, wherever they are,” he said.

It can’t stop here, Adamy said, adding that in the future the willpower and drive to end world hunger and poverty must be sustained.

“Every year at Rider we have the Thanksgiving food drive and the gathering,” Adamy said. “We’re collecting food to put in baskets to give to families in the area who have need. I encourage everyone to buy extra food and put it in these baskets.”

She urged people to put others before themselves this Thanksgiving. Adamy said things could be even worse than usual, considering the impact that the financial crisis might have on families.

“Especially with the economic downturn, a lot of families are going to find themselves in need,” Adamy said. “We need to be mindful of that.”

Students who want to learn more about the Thanksgiving basket drive can contact Protestant Campus Ministry.

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