By Aaron Whitlock
Mason Times staff writer
Mason churches and volunteers from the community teamed up with Church World Service for the 31st time to help fight hunger and poverty in the CROP Hunger Walk.
Last Sunday, walkers and joggers of all ages gathered at Mason First United Methodist Church to participate in either a 5k or 3k to raise money and awareness.
Debbie Schafer, who is in charge of logistics for the event and has been participating in the walk for the part nine years, said the event brings area churches together and creates a sense of community.
While Mason has had modest turnouts when compared to other CROP Hunger Walks around the country, they have raised over $40,000 the past five years including $7,813 at this years event.
Of the funds raised, 25% stays in the community going to Capital Area Community Services and Meals On Wheels. The remainder goes to Church World Service to help fight hunger and poverty in the United States, and around the world.
“It doesn’t take as much money as you’d think to make a difference.” Said Suzie Threadgould, Co-Coordinator of the walk. “Every little bit helps.”
Colleen Briggs, a volunteer from Dart Bank has been involved with the event for the past 20 years, said she found motivation to continue helping from a video she saw of starving children from a third world country.
“These kids were walking miles just to get water to drink, and when they got there it was very dirty water. They drank it like it was bottled water though, it kind of put things in perspective.”