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Letter: Increasing poverty awareness

Published: Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013 5:32 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

I write to you as the coordinator of the southeast district of the Rockford Diocese of the St. Vincent de Paul Society Friends of the Poor Walk.

The sixth annual Friends of the Poor Walk will take place Sept. 28 at Fabyan Forest Preserve in Geneva.

The conferences participating are St. Patrick Parish and St. John Neumann Parish of St. Charles; St. Katharine Drexel of Sugar Grove; St. Gall of Elburn; Holy Cross of Batavia; and St. Joseph, St. Therese of Jesus-Our Lady of Good Counsel and St. Rita of Cascia-Holy Angels of Aurora.

This is a nationwide event – last year’s walk had 19,000 participants in 110 districts raising over $1.8 million. The southeast district of Rockford earned $11,787.50 that stayed here in our conferences. All funds raised will be used locally to provide help to people in need, regardless of race, religion, age or creed.

To become a participant, register with one of the above parishes or at www.svdpusa.net/fop.

The event is a 5K walk, with a light lunch to follow. Registration is required, as is a waiver from each participant. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., and the walk starts at 9 a.m. The event takes place at the bear cage pavilion at Fabyan Forest Preserve. T-shirts will be available for $5 each.

With your participation, we can increase awareness of poverty in local communities. Please join the Friends of the Poor Walk, or make a pledge to help us.

Suzie Sheaffer  

St. Charles

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