Thursday, December 1, 2011

The 2011 Walk Results

"Never doubt that small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed it is the only thing that ever has." -- Margaret Mead
Signing up - Click to enlargeAnother opportunity to THANK each and every person that contributed to another successful Greater Lex. CROP Hunger Walk!! Although we did not reach our $25,000 goal, other inspirational moments blessed approx. 300+ participants that warm, sunny Sunday afternoon.

The 'new' Walk route through one of our city's impoverished areas serviced by God's Pantry definitely was experiential for many of the Walkers. I visited with some of the residents a couple weeks prior to our Walk, not only to deliver 'Ending Hunger One Step at a Time' posters, but to invite them to join us. It was heartwarming to witness many neighbors greet us from their porches, small front yards, or standing on the sidewalk or street. Communal indeed when a few of our sisters and brothers walked with us!

Four friendsThe responsive CROP Hunger Walk Litany participants read just before Walking reminded us of our mission ...... "may you be mindful for all those who have no choice but to walk for food, for water, for firewood, for safety" (From Bread of Tomorrow: Praying with the World's Poor)

TO date, we have raised $21,748!! ..... $160.00 more than last year. BUT!! I'm personally hopeful that our Walk will receive on-line THANKSGIVING and CHRISTMAS gifts. I've requested this from my family, how about each one of you??

Woodland Christian WalkersAMAZING NEWS!! 25% of the total amount was raised by just ONE, truly dedicated church---Woodland Christian! Many Thanks to David Lee, lead recruiter!! Congrats also to Beaumont Presbyterian, Crestwood Christian, Newman Center/Holy Spirit, Providence Christian-Nicholasville and First Christian Church-Winchester for exceeding their last year's total.

Kudos also to Stacey Stone, Unitarian Universalist Church, for successfully coordinating the experiential educational stations presented by God's Pantry, Woodland Christian, 1st Christian (Winchester), 2nd Presbyterian, and two stations from UUC.

Signs carriersIt was also meaningful to see more Walkers this year carry creative signs depicting hunger, poverty, fair trade, clean water issues.

Do know that I will contact each one of you again early next summer :) In the meantime continue to support Church World Service and God's Pantry and begin recruiting other churches and organizations in your communities and neighborhoods to join us next year. I will gladly follow-up once you 'tag' them :)

Going down Main Street - Click to enlargeMark your calendars now!!
    SEPTEMBER 30th, 2012 ---- WALK
    AUG. 21st or AUG. 23rd ---- RECRUITER'S RALLY
(CWS Regional Director, John Dolon already invited to join us.)

Thanks Again!
Joyful Thanksgiving Blessings to Each one of You and Your Family,
    Judy Ellis


bluegirl00 said...

Why don't you register the walk on John's Run/Walk race calendar? It might get more attention.

Timon berg said...

Wasp dudes! Awesome stuff keep it up.
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