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Sunday: Menlo Park fundraising walk to combat hunger

 

Local walkers and joggers will flock to Burgess Park in Menlo Park on Sunday, Oct. 4, to spend the afternoon covering one-, three-, and five-mile routes at the CROP Hunger Walk.

The walk will be a fundraiser sponsored by Church World Service to combat hunger both locally and abroad and will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. Registration begins at 1 p.m.; the walk begins at 2 p.m.

The event will also feature children's games, live music, a silent auction, and food.

Twenty-five percent of profits will support local programs including the Ecumenical Hunger Program in East Palo Alto and CALL Primrose in Burlingame. Remaining profits will be used to "improve an unfiltered well in the Thanh Cong community in Vietnam; provide rapid response to Nepal's devastating earthquake; connect children fleeing violence in Central America to vital food sources; and fund the skills, resources, and education needed to promote food security around the world," according to lead organizer Marty Dreher.

Last year's event raised $13,000. This year's online fundraising has yielded $9,695 so far, according to the organization's website.

Community members are invited to attend, and advised that pets are permitted but bikes and boards are not. Click here to register to walk, run, or donate.

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