19th annual CROP Walk set to take place Sunday


THE 19th ANNUAL Severna Park CROP Walk takes place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, rain or shine. The walk, which raises awareness of hunger and raises money for foreign and domestic relief, begins and ends at the Community Center at Woods.

The Severna Park Assistance Network receives 25 percent of the CROP Walk income, which it will use to help needy residents fill prescriptions, pay winter fuel bills and cover rent when eviction is imminent.

Walkers earn donations from sponsors who pledge money for each mile walked. Last year, participants from 10 local churches raised $11,641, of which $2,912 went directly to SPAN.

The rest goes to Church World Services for distribution of goods and services to more than 80 countries around the world.

CROP Walk provides funds for grass-roots development projects, with an emphasis this year on poverty in Africa, where 30 of the world's 40 poorest countries carry international debt that can never be paid off because of compounding interest.

According to Church World Services, in Mozambique one in four children dies from infectious disease before they reach age 5 while the government spends four times as much servicing its debt as it spends on health care.

CROP, an acronym for Church Rural Overseas Project, began 53 years ago after World War II, when Midwest farmers sent their surplus to the people of war-torn Europe.

Registration begins at 12: 30 p.m. for the 6.1-mile walk along the B&A; Trail.

After the walk, the pool at the community center will be open from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $2 per person.

Other CROP Walks in the county are the Oct. 3 North County walk (James Lucas, 410-252-2227) and the Oct. 24 Annapolis Area walk (Steve Hayes, 410-295-9510).

For information on the Severna Park walk, contact Sally Vavrek at 410-757-0399 or vavrek@toad.net.

Stress management lecture

A lecture on stress management is planned at 7 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Community Center at Woods.

This is the second in a series of eight lectures on health topics, including colon cancer, holiday blues, eating disorders, arthritis, skin cancer and prostate cancer.

The community center and North Arundel Hospital are holding the event. Reservations should be made by calling the hospital at 410-787-4367 or by contacting its Web site at www.northarundel.org.

Annual fashion show

Severn Town Club presents its annual fashion show Oct. 15 at the Radisson Hotel (formerly Holiday Inn) on Riva Road in Annapolis.

This year's show will benefit South Haven Community Home for Runaways in Anne Arundel County.

The event begins with a cash bar at 11 a.m. and lunch at noon, followed by fashions from Talbots of Annapolis.

Tickets are $25, and the deadline is Oct. 11. Information: Sylvia Mitchell, 410-544-0121.

Pub Date: 9/30/99

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