Participants will walk ether a 3-K (1.6 miles ) or a 10-K (6.2 miles) course, starting at the Phoenixville YMCA on Pothouse Road.

The theme for the 2004 walk is "You can make a difference."

Walkers form 25 churches, several civic organizations, the Key Clubs of both the Phoenixvile Area Senior High School and the Renaissance Academy, Phoenixville Area Middle School students, the Phoenixville Kiwanis Club and the Chestmont Business and Professional Women's organization.

Registration begins at 1:15 p.m., and every participant is asked to bring a canned food or packaged food item for the Phoenixville Area Community Services (PACS), as a symbol of fighting hunger in Phoenixville.

The 2003 Walk attracted 141 walkers and raised $12,192. Local organizers hope to collect $14,000 for 2004. Phoenixville has raised more than $228,000 to fight world hunger during the past 26 years of the event.

Twenty-five percent of the proceeds fromthe 2003 Phoenixville Walk stayed in Phoenixville, with half going to St. Mary's Fransician Shelter, while the other half went to PACS.

CROP developed following WWII as a desire of several Christians to share America's abundance with war victims. Church World Service formed in 1946 with the purpose to gather wheat and other crops from American farms to ship to Europe.

The empahsis of today's CROP has shifted from the victims of poverty and distaster. Rather than emergency relief, longer-range, self-help, is now a program benificiary.

Particiapants from more than 80 nations seek to fashion a better life, which can translate to training with the right tools, at the right time, to change the life of a single person or an entire village.

Phoenixville's CROP walk also assits Cambodian's to remove land mines and to rehabiltiate those already crippled by the mines to have a life of dignity and self-reliance.

CROP organizers are: Ann Beers, Floss Smith, Sister Emma, Kathy Spohn, Bob Donahue, Bill Tonkin, Rev. Paul Curvey, Diane Dunn, Rev. Chris Chandler, Joel Jackson and Phoenixville Coordinator Elaine Hutchinson.

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