You can walk the world on May 21

People all over the planet are coming together on May 21, to “Walk the World” and help put an end to child hunger. Over 24 hours and across 24 time zones, hundreds of thousands of people are walking to help the World Food Program (WFP) call attention to the plight of the 300 million children who face hunger every day.

Hunger is the No. 1 health threat in the world today. More people die from hunger and malnutrition than from AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined. Over 850 million people in the world suffer from hunger; 300 million of them are children.

This year’s global goal is to raise $5 million for the World Food Program’s school feeding operations, which help ensure that children in poor countries don’t go hungry, and do go to school. WFP can feed a child in school for just 19 cents a day — or $34 for the entire academic year.

Half of the proceeds from the Indianapolis Walk will benefit WFP school feeding programs in Kenya, where a devastating drought has tripled the number of people in need of food aid. The other half of the funds raised will go to “Marian Students: Feed the Future,” a hunger awareness and fund-raising program benefiting WFP and Catholic Relief Services. The local goal is to raise $6,800, which will provide school meals to 200 hungry children for one year.

Marian College alumnus Jerry Wagner is organizing the local walk, which will involve three one-mile laps around the Marian campus. Each lap will have a special theme:

• Lap 1 “The Lap of Celebration”: a celebration of humanity and the world coming together on one day to end child hunger.

• Lap 2 “The Lap of Silence”: Participants will be asked not to talk during the entire lap to honor the memory of the millions of children who have died due to hunger related diseases.

• Lap 3 “The Lap of Hope”: a time of hope and reflection on the difference one community can make as part of a larger global movement focused on a common cause: an end to child hunger.

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