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September 20, 2013

Walk For The Poor to be hosted in Norman

NORMAN — On Sept. 28, it will once again be time to lace up sneakers and hit the pavement for a good cause.

In its sixth year, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Friends of the Poor Walk in South Central Oklahoma will be 9 a.m. at All Saints Catholic School, 4004 36th Ave. NW in Norman.

Activities include the walk, a silent auction, a raffle and free T-shirts, while supplies last.

The one-mile walk is not a race, organizers said, but is more of a symbolic walk to show support for those who struggle daily living in poverty. The walk benefits needy individuals and families living in Moore, Norman, Purcell and surrounding areas by providing housing and utility assistance, disaster relief and furniture.

Noreen Valadez, a member of the walk’s organizing committee, hopes this year’s event will raise $50,000.

“We are walking with the poor; that is our goal. Our goal is to get donations from the walkers and get those walkers sponsored,” Valadez said.

This year’s walk will include a large raffle, with the first prize being a large-screen TV. The second prize is a wine rack of wine, and the third prize is a four-pack of passes to Andy Alligators Fun Park.

Valadez said this year’s walk is important due to continued help that St. Vincent de Paul is offering for tornado survivors. The United Way is part of a group of agencies that continues to help the Red Cross, Salvation Army, Catholic Charities, United Methodist Committee on Relief to do long-term case management for families displaced by May tornadoes.

“A lot of people have helped in the area, they have donated to the Red Cross, but the money (from the walk) stays in the community. We are run by volunteers; there is no staff that is paid,” Valadez said.

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