Walker from first CROP Walk in 1975 will lace up shoes again
Thirty-nine years ago, Vic Moore walked in the Durham CROP Hunger Walk to get the seed money for Meals on Wheels. On Sunday, he’ll walk again to raise money for hunger relief efforts locally and globally.
For the first CROP Walk in 1975, Moore was vice president of Durham Congregations In Action, a collaborative group that serves as the community sponsor for the annual walk. Duke Divinity School was the primary instigator for organizing the walk in Durham then, he said, and it has expanded to involve many church groups, businesses and individuals who walk each spring.
The first Durham CROP Walk raised enough money for Meals on Wheels in Durham to get rolling by that fall. In 1975, CROP Walk was 10 miles long.
“I don’t think there were many people running it, but they were walking it,” Moore said of the route. Tickets were marked at checkpoints along the way, he said.
The walk now is about 4.8 miles, and begins and ends at Duke Chapel on the university’s West Campus.
Moore was a member of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church when he first walked, and later joined Blacknall Presbyterian Church. He’s going to try to meet up with a group from Blacknall walking together on Sunday.
Moore, 82, has walked in CROP about 80 percent of the time, he said, depending on which local basketball teams were playing in the Final Four. If he didn’t walk, he still donated money. Some years he passed around a donation envelope at Lions Club and Bible study meetings, but he donates individually now.
When Moore retired from fundraising at Durham Regional Hospital 17 years ago, he got more involved with nonprofit work and re-involved with DCIA, he said. In retirement, he and his wife, Anne Moore, still deliver Meals on Wheels.
The almost-five-mile walk won’t be hard for the octogenarian.
“I’ve been running since I was in my 40s. I’m kind of small anyhow, and it hasn’t been a strain on my knees anyway. I still run four or five miles once or twice a week,” Moore said.
Last year, more than 1,200 walkers participated in Durham’s CROP Hunger Walk. The goal this year is 2,000. The 2013 walk raised $139,509, of which $34,877 was distributed to local charities. Checks were presented at DCIA’s annual banquet to Changing a Generation Outreach Ministries, the Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC, Genesis Home, Housing for New Hope, Interfaith Hospitality Network, Meals on Wheels, Mt. Calvary United Church of Christ Food Pantry, Society of St. Andrew, Threshold, Urban Ministries of Durham and YO:Durham.
The total fundraising goal for the 40th CROP Walk is $180,000.