The SML Walk to End Poverty will be back this fall after a year off because of the pandemic. The event is set for Sept. 25 at Smith Mountain Lake State Park.
The Walk to End Poverty is organized by Lake Christian Ministries with all proceeds from teams’ and individuals’ fundraising efforts going to support LCM’s programs and services aimed at helping local neighbors struggling with poverty.
“The COVID-19 pandemic created an extraordinary increase in the number of families facing financial crisis in our local community,” said Jane Winters, executive director of Lake Christian Ministries. “That increase in need is on top of a poverty rate that continues to grow steadily in the counties surrounding Smith Mountain Lake. The Walk is a fun family event and an important fundraiser that enables all of us to work together to make a difference for local families in need, while bringing much-needed awareness to our organization and mission.”
Sponsored by Capps Home Building Center, the walk’s course features 5K and 10K options that walkers or runners can choose through scenic SML State Park. Participants are encouraged to stay for lunch after the walk and enjoy live music, fellowship and the awards presentation. All events occur rain or shine.
Individual and team participants can register prior to the event by visiting the event website, www.smlwalktoendpoverty.com, and following online instructions. The registration fee is $5 for participants 17 and under, and $10 for all others.
Donations can be made online at the event website. LCM encourages walkers and runners to raise money by collecting donations from neighbors, friends, family members and co-workers who will support their involvement in the event. A pledge/donation form for team leaders and individuals collecting donations is available at LCM’s website, www.lakechristianministries.org under the SML Walk to End Poverty tab.