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CROP Walk fights hunger

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Ruth Ann Grothe of Calabash is on a mission to make the 2011 Shallotte/South Brunswick CROP Hunger Walk better than last year’s event.
A year ago, the event surpassed its goals for raising friends and funds in the fight against hunger, with more than 125 walkers topping the $10,000 goal by nearly $700 dollars. One elementary school student, Powell Palmer of Shallotte, raised $1,500 of that total, according to Grothe.
On Sunday, Nov. 6, Grothe expects to see at least 150 walkers traversing Main Street in Shallotte, and fundraising in excess of $12,000. The 3.2-mile walk will follow a route from Calvary Baptist Church, 623 Village Road (N.C. 179) to the east side on Main Street and back, with a water station at the corner of Village Road and Main Street.
Registration begins at 2 p.m. and the opening ceremony follows at 2:30 p.m. Walkers step off at 2:40 p.m. behind a WBHS JROTC Color Guard. The Shallotte Junior Woman’s Club will provide a water stop, with water donated by BB&T and apples donated by Woodmen of the World. Music will be provided by Marty Cooke of Cooke Realty and security guards by the Knights of Columbus of St. Brendan Catholic Church.
Grothe encourages all walkers to register in advance, either with a group or team, or by calling her at 575-1247. Walkers bring pledged funds with them to the walk, along with canned goods to donate to the SBIC pantry.
In this annual inter-faith event sponsored by the South Brunswick Interchurch Council (SBIC) in cooperation with Church World Service, proceeds are split. One-fourth of all funds raised stays in the community for use by the SBIC’s food pantry, housed at Camp United Methodist Church in Shallotte and operated by the local coalition of churches. The pantry is open from 10 a.m.-noon each Saturday. The balance of the funds goes to Church World Service, bringing relief and self-help development projects to areas such as those struck by flood, famine and extreme poverty.
Since 1991, the local walk has raised $127,355, with $31,839 benefiting the SBIC. Last year, the local walk ranked 30th in CROP Hunger Walks across the southeastern United States, according to Mary Catherine Hinds, associate regional director for Church World Service. Hinds will deliver inspirational remarks at the walk opening ceremony. Others on the program are Shallotte Mayor Alan Lewis, the Rev. Jack Patrick, pastor of Calabash Presbyterian Church, and Grothe.