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After walking in the annual Wake Forest CROP Walk for many years when it was 5 miles long and covered a few hills to make the going tougher, I learned a few things to make the long walks easier and better.

First thing, always try to get a food conversationalist as a partner to make the walk seemingly easier and more interesting. If you can’t find a partner, you will need something like a small radio, or even a pet dog to keep you interested and to beat the monotony of a long walk.

But don’t give up if you can’t find that partner, sometimes they can develop after you start the 5K trek, and you will be pleased with the seemingly magic which comes from an interesting partner.

My wife, Peggy, and I not only participated in the CROP Walks for many years, but sometimes we found interesting partners. There were not many times when Peggy and I walked together. She walked slower and the times when we didn’t walk together, and there were many, after Methodist Lydia Lowie suffered severe burns on her legs from a mishap while cleaning up her kitchen floor after making gifts for the church and friends — Christmas candles, in her kitchen.

It was quite a long while before she could participate in the CROP Walks, but her strong determination to get back won the hearts of all the WF Methodists. She was the slowest person walking, but with my wife staying with her if it took an extra hour, Peggy stayed with her to the finish. I learned to always carry some crackers and peanut butter to give Lydia energy she needed at the end of the walk.

One of the outstanding walks for me was when I walked with Lou Lolly, wife of former seminary president Dr. Randall Lolly, and when I walked a few years ago with Maggie Anderson, this year’s event coordinator, and her cute little dog, Stella. Both of these ladies are great conversationalists and full of fun.

Maggie Andersen, the coordinator for this year’s CROP Walk planning team, has this to say about our compassionate community and what it has accomplished: “This year we set what I thought was an unattainable goal of $14,000, and then our amazing Hunger Heroes surpassed it.”

And Marilyn Bonnett, secretary and publicity leader, added, “Thank you to the 162 event-day walkers and to all the helpers and supporters of this year’s successful 40th annual Wake Forest CROP Hunger Walk, held on Sept. 22. Donations to this ‘Walk. Give. Change the World’ fundraiser totaled a record-setting $14,700. Twenty-five percent of the proceeds will be shared between Tri-Area Ministry Food Pantry and Wake Forest Hope House. The other proceeds will be put to use by Church World Service for outreach to improve the lives of families around the world, including disaster relief after storms and guidance and tools for community leaders in developing countries’ rural areas to provide clean water, nourishing food and income opportunities.”

Deana Vassar has been named “Top Walker” for the 40th Annual Wake Forest CROP Hunger Walk, and she will receive a traveling trophy award. Thank you for your commitment to helping the causes of CROP Walk, Deana!

Share Nights at three local restaurants helped raise funds, also: The Lost Cajun, Milton’s Pizza & Pasta, and Culver’s.

Also Wake Forest Historical Museum for the venue, Wake Forest Hope House for the halfway water station, Wake Forest Woman’s Club for registration assistance and water for walkers, and finally — Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary for the route through the campus.

As you can see from this write-up, the CROP Walk is quite a large undertaking and requires the assistance of many for a successful event. To all those who participated, the advisory team wishes you a happy and successful year and are looking ahead for your assistance next year.

Bob Allen, publisher emeritus of The Wake Weekly, invites comments at 919-556-3059 or