Local and international hunger will be the topic of interest this weekend for the county’s eastern end.
The annual East Lincoln area’s CROP Hunger Walk will commence 2 p.m. Sunday at Rock Springs Campground in Denver.
The purpose of the yearly event is to raise money and awareness for hungry populations both in local communities and across the globe.
The event title stands for “Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty.”
While a majority of the funds collected from the more than 1,600 annual CROP walks across the country benefit worldwide issues such as disaster relief, grass-roots initiatives and hunger-curbing efforts through nonprofit organization Church World Service, up to a quarter of each event’s donations supports local hungry.
According to the CWS website, cwsglobal.org, nearly 40 “Christian communions” comprise the large-scale organization with the primary goal of working with global partners to wipe out hunger and poverty, simultaneously endorsing justice and peace for all.
The East Lincoln area CROP walk will donate 25 percent of funds raised this year to East Lincoln Christian Ministry, event officials said.
According to Event Coordinator, Bud Hawkins, who has filled the role the last seven years and whose wife Jeanne also assists in the CROP walk’s organization, between 300 and 350 people annually donate money to the cause — a large portion of donors being students and church groups.
However, less than half of donors, between 100 and 150, actually participate in the three-mile trek, which will both start and finish Sunday at the campground pavilion, Hawkins said.
In 2012, the walk drew in $5,500, slightly less than each year’s average donation total, which event officials noted usually falls somewhere between $6,000 and $9,000.
The CROP walk has been a community stop for eastern Lincoln County for more than two decades.
“This is a very important and productive way to help my brothers and sisters in distress around the world and in Lincoln County,” Hawkins said. “We need your donations and participation.”
Registration for the walk will start at 1:15 p.m.
For more information or questions, contact Bud or Jeanne Hawkins at (704) 483-1684 or email Bud at firstname.lastname@example.org.