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Hundreds walk in Lake Wylie to prevent hunger

More than 200 people joined in the first Lake Wylie Crop Walk.

“It was a huge success for the first Lake Wylie walk,” said organizer Monique Boekhout of the Oct. 18 event. “We could not have dreamed of a nicer day. Deep blue sky, sunny and warm, but not hot.”

The event started at River Hills Community Church, making a 3-mile round trip to Good Samaritan United Methodist and back along Charlotte Highway.

“We had 221 walkers, three dogs and three strollers,” Boekhout said.

Other churches involved, she said, were Relevant Church, First UMC in Clover, Pleasant Hill Presbyterian Church in Steele Creek, Clover Presbyterian Church and St. John’s UMC in Rock Hill.

There were eight teams including Team Pearlies, a River Hills book club.

“All of these teams greatly contributed to the success of the fundraising,” Boekhout said.

Pastor Gayle Montgomery, senior minister at River Hills Community Church, accepted a challenge to raise $2,000 or spend a week in her pajamas at the church. She exceeded her goal.

As of Oct. 23, the walk had raised $8,845.

“Donations are still coming in, and we are fairly confident we will reach $9,500 by the end of the month,” Boekhout said.

Home-baked good were provided after by Lynn Anthony of Lake Wylie. Food Lion, Walmart, Harris Teeter and Publix provided fruits and drinks.

‘It was a great way to raise awareness about hunger locally and in the world,” Boekhout said.

Of the money raised, 25 percent will split between Clover Area Assistance Center, PATH and God’s Kitchen.