Minister organizes walk to raise money to help feed hungry on World Food Day


Steps in the South Carroll Crop Walk will give poor people around the world a chance to feed their children and improve their lives.

For the fifth year, the Rev. John C. Morrill is organizing and walking in the South Carroll Crop Walk. He and what he hopes will be about 200 other walkers will fulfill pledges of dollars to fight world hunger on Sunday, World Food Day.

Mr. Morrill is offering the chance to combine a bucolic walk along the Patapsco River in Sykesville with fund raising against world hunger. Participants will gather pledges and walk 10 kilometers, about 6.5 miles, starting at 2 p.m. in front of St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 7538 Main St., Sykesville.

"This is something positive and fairly easy we can all do to battle hunger," said Mr. Morrill, the pastor of Messiah Lutheran Church in Sykesville.

"People in poor countries are walking every day. Some have to walk as far as five miles just for water."

Church World Services will use the pledge money to finance its agriculture projects in underdeveloped countries. E.S.C.A.P.E. (Enabling Social and Church Advocacy for People Enrichment) Ministries, a local group, will receive 25 percent of the donations to serve area needy.

Last year, 182 walkers earned $6,455 for worldwide hunger projects and for E.S.C.A.P.E.

Mr. Morrill said the need continues and he is hoping for more walkers with more pledges this year.

"We are all certainly aware of hunger issues in our world," he said. "They may not be in the news as much, but there are still hunger problems."

Students can use the walk as a community service project.

"Getting sponsors is easier than selling candy for the band or for soccer," Mr. Morrill promises.

The pastor said he can offer many reasons to encourage walkers to register for the walk, which begins at St. Paul's and meanders through town and along the Patapsco River.

"You can burn off 700 calories without joining a health club," he said. "You are only sacrificing a few hours of your Sunday."

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