CROP Walk success

CROP walkers
The CROP walkers navigate through Five Corners in Vineyard Haven led by bagpiper Anthony Peak. Photos by Kathy Retmier

Posted October 26, 2006

The 16th annual Martha's Vineyard CROP (Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty), held Sunday, Oct. 15, surpassed its goal to raise $20,000 to support both the local Island Food Pantry and the global Church World Service's/CROP.

One hundred and one walkers set out on the hike from St. Augustine's Church in Vineyard Haven to Trinity Methodist Church in Oak Bluffs and back, or as far as one could make it.

The walk was led by several notables: bag piper Anthony Peak, Martha's Vineyard Regional High School principal Peg Regan, and Steve Soriano, who made the 11k walk in his electric wheel chair. The Island Clergy Association, the high school, the Vineyard Committee on Hunger, and the Island Food Pantry sponsored the walk.

CROP began 60 years ago and holds 2,000 CROP walks in the U.S. each year. Last year, the Island walk raised $16,727. This year, a generous Islander has pledged 11 cents for every dollar the walk raises, and the Methodist Society of The United Methodist Cooperative parish of Martha's Vineyard has pledged an additional 10 cents for every dollar.

All money should be turned in this Sunday, Oct. 29, from 2 to 2:30 pm at St. Augustine's, or at Grace Episcopal Church Monday morning Oct. 30 from 8 am to 1 pm. People may also call 508-693-3930 to make other arrangements for donations.

Many thanks go out to the walkers, sponsors, volunteers, and the Tisbury and Oak Bluffs police departments.