CROP walk raises over $5,000 for hunger relief

October 18, 2002

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2002_10_18.jpg UW-Platteville football players participated in the recent Platteville Annual CROP Walk.

PLATTEVILLE-Joined by the University of Wisconsin-Platteville Pioneer football team for the second year in a row, participants of the Platteville Annual CROP Walk raised roughly $5,300, with donations and pledges still coming in, for the relief of world hunger Sunday, Oct. 6.

Welcomed to the UWP Pioneer Student Center for CROP Walk registration and to fuel up on cookies and juice, more than 150 people participated in the brisk, 5-kilometer walk, culminating the UWP homecoming weekend.

"We had 153 registered walkers, but we're estimating that about 200 people actually walked in the CROP Walk," said John Ambrosius, chair of the Platteville CROP Walk. "The energy and enthusiasm were high among the walkers, and with the assistance of a couple of police officers from the Platteville Police Department who aided walkers at crosswalks, this year's CROP Walk went really well."

Twenty-five percent of the proceeds from the Platteville CROP Walk will be distributed among three local food pantries, the Self-Help and Resource Exchange (SHARE) Food Pantry, the Platteville Food Pantry and the Southwest Community Action Program (CAP) Food Pantry. The remaining 75 percent of funds will go to the international relief of world hunger with this year's focus being Africa, the only continent in the world where hunger has not decreased in the past year.

No date has been set at this time for next year's CROP Walk, but planners of the walk would like to continue the tradition of walking the Sunday following the UWP homecoming football game. UWP football coach Mike Emendorfer said next year, he not only plans to recruit Pioneer football players for the walk, but would like to get other people involved in the walk to make it a community-wide event each year.

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