|April 9, 2012 • VOL. 50, NO. 7 • Oakland, CA|
| Communities unite to fight
hunger, one step at a time
The Bay Area has come together to fight hunger through a walk that will take place simultaneously in 11 cities on April 28 and 29.
The event aims to raise funds that will go to various organizations that offer food to the needy.
According to Joan Suflita, a cathedral parishioner and secretary of the walk's planning committee, 75 percent of the funds raised will be used for international aid and the remaining 25 percent is distributed to local agencies.
In Oakland, for example, 15 percent will go to the Food Bank of Alameda County, 5 percent to the Peace Center in Oakland and another 5 percent to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.
"This is a great opportunity for the whole community, regardless of race or religion, to unite for one cause: to fight hunger in the world," said Suflita.
The hunger walk began in 1969, and has since performed in different areas. While some cities in the Bay Area have participated for several years, this is the first time the walk takes place the same weekend simultaneously.
Last year, more than 1,600 cities across the United States participated and collected $16 million nationwide, according to Rev. Nguyen Vy, regional coordinator of the walk in the Bay Area.
"This year we expect about 4,000 people to take a walk in the 11 cities in the Bay Area, and the goal is to raise around $ 300,000," said Nguyen, who invited friends and other sponsors to support the walkers with donations.
"We walked as a symbol that we are concerned neighbors, especially the less fortunate here and elsewhere in the world," said the Rev. Sandhya Jha, director of the Oakland Center for Peace and pastor of First Christian Church of Oakland.
That same reason motivates Rev. Raymond Sacca, rector of the Cathedral of Christ the Light. "Along with other participating groups and churches we can help alleviate the suffering of many in our community and support those who struggle to find food for their families," he said.
It is estimated that more than 1 billion people worldwide suffer from hunger.
To register, donate or get more information dial 510-848-7024 or visit www.bayareahungerwalk.org.
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