Penn Yan Area CROP?Walk to be held May 1

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express
The start of the 2008 Crop Walk in Penn Yan

The Penn Yan Area CROP Walk will be held  Sunday afternoon, May 1, beginning and ending at the First Presbyterian Church in Penn Yan.  Registration will begin at 1 p.m. and the walk at 1:30 p.m.  The route will be similar to last year’s, with a 5-mile circuit through the village as well as the shorter 1-mile Golden Mile loop. Churches, schools, organizations and individuals from all over Yates County, from Potter to Penn Yan and Dundee, will be participating again this year to raise money to help fight hunger and poverty not only here at home, but also around the world.   

The goal this year is to surpass last year’s record of $15,039.75.  

Twenty-five percent of funds raised by the Penn Yan Area CROP Walk will be returned to the Penn Yan Area Council of Churches to fight hunger here in Yates County.  

Twenty-five percent of the money raised by Penn Yan Area organizations will go to the Penn Yan Food for the Needy program.  

Twenty-five percent of the money raised by Dundee Area organizations will go to the Dundee Area Youth Center to help fund their weekend backpack program which provides food from Milly’s Pantry to needy school age children in the Dundee Area.

The remaining 75 percent of the money raised by the Penn Yan Area CROP Walk will go to Church World Service (CWS) to be used in their work around the world to help provide safe drinking water and teach people methods to produce their own sustainable food supply.  To use resources most efficiently, CWS  often partners with other agencies who are working in a particular region and are familiar with the local infrastructure.  

Some of the 58 agencies with whom CWS works include the following:  Baptist World Alliance, CARE Inc., Catholic Medical Mission, Catholic Relief Services, Episcopal Relief and Development, Feed the Children Inc., Habitat for Humanity International Inc., Heifer Project International, Lutheran World Relief, Mennonite Central Committee, Salvation Army National Corp, Samaritan’s Purse, and UMCOR.  

Walkers will be asking friends, family and neighbors to sponsor them in the walk.  Here are some examples of how your donations can make a significant difference in people’s lives.

$10 provides:

• Oral Rehydration Therapy (ORT) for 11 children.  One of the most effective tools in reducing mortality among at-risk infants and children, this mixture of salt and sugar in clean water can prevent dehydration from diarrhea, the cause of death for 2 million children a year in the developing world; or

•  A breeding pair of rabbits to provide a sustainable source of protein and income

$15 provides:

• 10 5-gallon Jerry cans, used to carry drinking water in developing countries; or

• a hoe, shovel and seeds for one family in the highlands of Guatemala to help them  grow vegetables and other food crops to feed their family and generate income, essential components of becoming self-sufficient.

$22 provides:

•  Farmers training, hives, bees  and equipment to produce honey to generate income.

$25 provides:

• 50 chicks to help families raise their own chickens and eggs to provide much needed protein in their diet as well as eggs and chickens to sell.

$50 provides:

• Piping for a drip irrigation system to efficiently use scarce water resources.

$112 provides

• a breeding pair of goats to produce milk, meat and more goats to sell.

$140 provides:

• A pair of piglets who also grow and multiply.

$200 provides:

• A draft animal — cow or water buffalo —which helps farmers to significantly increase their food production, help haul water and transport produce to market.

$1000 installs

• A well pump and provides village hygiene training to assure a safe drinking water supply which greatly improves the long-term health of communities in developing countries.

$30 is the cost to drill one meter of a shallow borehole well to provide safe drinking water to a village.  Average well depth is 30 to 60 meters, costing $900 to $1800.

All of these projects make a significant, long-term difference in the quality of life of people who are far less fortunate than we.  For the cost of a meal, an evening’s entertainment or a short vacation, you can make a better quality of life a reality for them.  These are not one-time handouts, but contributions which help people to help themselves, their families and communities to become self-sufficient and achieve a better life.   For more information, please contact Sarah Stackhouse at 315-536-9482.