Hunger Hike less than two weeks away

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The Hunger Hike campaign has set a goal of raising $120,000 to help end hunger here in Greater Lafayette. The money is then used to buy food and supplies for local food banks.

Joe Micon is the executive director of Lafayette Urban Ministry, and Purdue women’s basketball coach Sharon Versyp is the Hike’s honorary co-chair.

They both stopped by News 18 This Morning to discuss the hike.

LUM, along with Food Finders Food Bank and St. Thomas Aquinas, is one of three organizations that the money raised from the Hunger Hike will help.

“Hunger Hike is our community’s oldest fundraising walk and one of the most respected,” said Micon. “We’re looking forward to a wonderful weekend.”

Coach Versyp has been a part of Hunger Hike for the past 10 years.

“When our support teams can get out with athletics and pay it forward, I think it’s very important,” said Versyp. “We try to teach nutrition…We try to do things with our women’s basketball team  so we’re able to service [others.] We all need one another, and we all need to give to one another.”

The Hunger Hike is split up into two events. The first is a 5K run on Saturday, Sept. 17. That begins at 9 a.m. at the White Horse Christian Center on Cumberland Avenue. It costs $30 to register.

The Hunger Hike 3K is Sunday, Sept. 18 at the Riehle Plaza on North Second Street. There is no cost to participate, but organizers ask walkers to donate or raise at least $50. You can bring your donation information to check-in from noon to 2 p.m. The walk begins at 2.

According to the hike’s website, “the 3K Walk route is flat and paved and allows participants to walk while enjoying a scenic route along the Wabash River in early autumn.”

You can find all of the registration information online on the Hunger Hike website. You can also make a donation on the page.

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