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6-mile walk to raise funds for African hunger relief


Organizers of the fifth annual Walk Against Hunger in Africa expect 1,000 marchers to participate in Saturday's six-mile event that begins at Christ Lutheran Church near the Inner Harbor.

The event is sponsored by Baltimore Clergy and Laity Concerned Inc. Last year, more than 500 marchers raised $15,000 for four international hunger relief organizations.

Money raised at this year's march will be sent to famine relief projects in Africa, particularly Somalia, where a prolonged drought has killed many and threatens the lives of millions.

"This is the worst drought of the century," said John C. Springer, executive director of the clergy and laity group. "Millions and millions of lives are at stake and can be saved if we act quickly."

People representing at least 60 organizations are expected to participate in the walk, which begins at 9:30 a.m. at Christ Lutheran Church near the Science Center. There is no set pledge amount, Mr. Springer said, but each participant is expected to raise at least $40.

Mr. Springer said other goals of the event are to raise awareness of African history and culture and serve as a communitywide interracial fund-raiser.

He said some of the proceeds will be directed to the Catholic Relief Service, Africare, UNICEF Famine Relief and Church World Services, and some will be used to purchase hoes and shovels for gardening efforts in 17 African nations and provide hand pumps to purify water.

For more information, call Clergy and Laity Concerned at 962-8333.

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