The 29th annual Good Friday Walk will be held on March 29. The goal this year is to raise $29,000. Walkers who participate in this nondenominational event support two important charities: Loaves & Fishes, the largest food pantry in North Central Massachusetts, and Sharing Inc., which helps impoverished youth in the rural South.

We need your help, either as a walker, a volunteer, or a sponsor. The more money we raise, the more you help others. (If you raise $100, Loaves & Fishes can get over 400 pounds of food at the Greater Boston Food Bank.)

The Good Friday Walk leaves the Harvard Congregational Church and follows a scenic 5-mile loop. Walkers can register any time from 7:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. and can walk as far as they like. You can make a huge difference in the lives of your neighbors in need with relatively little physical effort.

The past few years have seen a drastic decrease in donations, no doubt due to the tough economy. But because of that same tough economy, Loaves & Fishes is providing groceries to a record number of local families. Last year, we had about 296 people who walked more than 4,000 miles to raise almost $23,000. We know it's ambitious, but we hope to raise $29,000 this year to celebrate the 29th anniversary of the walk, and with your help we can.

Form a team from your office, your church, your civic group, your family and your friends.


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If you're a teacher or school administrator, recruit students to walk and raise money or to help in the kitchen or at the registration table; they'll have fun and earn community service credits, too.

How do you get started? If you're walking, pick up a sponsor sheet today at your local church or library, or download it at www.loavesfishespantry.org. Then gather as many contributions as you can. Each walker is asked to raise a minimum of $25 to participate. On the day of the walk, total your sponsor sheet and bring it, along with all of the money you've collected, to the registration desk at the Harvard Congregational Church to receive a walker number and map. No one under the age of 18 can walk without a parent's or guardian's signature; walkers under age12 must have adult supervision. No bicycles, roller blades, scooters or skateboards are allowed because they can be dangerous to the walkers. If you want to volunteer in the kitchen or at the registration desk, contact either Jeanie Colony (978-456-1239, jecolony@charter.net) or Becca Day-Newsham (978-456-8717, newsha@aol.com).

The Good Friday Walk is the biggest ongoing fundraising event for Loaves & Fishes. In 2012, Loaves & Fishes served up to 800 families per month, and more than 30 percent of its total client population consists of children under the age of 18 and seniors over 65. Thank you for making this year's Good Friday Walk a success.

LOAVES & FISHES