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THOUSAND OAKS : Walk to Raise Funds for Area Charities

March 12, 1994|MATTHEW MOSK

About 400 people are expected to hit Conejo Valley streets Sunday to take part in a 10-kilometer walk to raise money for local charities.

The 16th annual CROP walk, sponsored by the national nonprofit group Church World Services (formerly called CROP), is expected to raise about $30,000. Twenty-five percent of the money will go to five local charities that serve the hungry in Ventura County.

The remainder will go to Church World Service charities, said Casey Howell, a regional director of the Pasadena-based group. The charity holds about 50 walks throughout Southern California.

Over the past 15 years, the Thousand Oaks walk has raised nearly $380,000. Locally, the money has gone to Westlake Village Meals on Wheels, Conejo Valley Meals on Wheels, Catholic Charities of Ventura County, Lutheran Social Services, and MANNA, a Conejo Valley food bank.

"We've been involved with this walk for as long as I've been here," said Pauline Saterbo, administrator for MANNA. "With the money they've raised, we've been able to buy toilet paper, toothpaste, soap, canned goods and powdered milk.

"It's really a wonderful thing, because it comes from the heart," she said.

Walkers will traverse the loop around the city, starting at Cal Lutheran University Stadium. The walkers raise money by getting sponsors and collecting donations.

The walk will begin at 1:30 p.m. Sunday. For more information, contact Howell at (818) 449-2714.

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