By CYNTHIA BIDDLECOMB
Sofia Enriquez has won the logo contest for the 2014 CROP Hunger Walk and Turkey Trot. Her design will adorn scores of new t-shirts to be worn by all who walk or run the course Nov. 23.
The CROP Hunger Walk and Turkey Trot has been held annually in Los Alamos for many years. Each year a contest is held inviting all Los Alamos fourth through sixth graders to submit designs for the walk/run t-shirt. This year, the winner was chosen by committee members, excluding Sofia’s mother who recused herself from the vote (due to conflict of interest). The judges found Sofia’s logo design to be clever, with a clear message of global cooperation to end hunger.
“I had thought of people holding hands around the world, like we talk about in church, and have seen people holding hands around the globe,” Enriquez said. “The shoe print represents the hunger walk/trot.”
Enriquez said she likes to participate in the Hunger Walk each year “because it feels right.”
Enriquez, 10, is a fifth grade student at Mountain Elementary School. When asked what her favorite subjects are, she said she likes math and readingand for fun “art.”
“I’m reading Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince right now,” Enriquez said. She also plays the flute and is a gymnast.
What would Enriquez like you to know about the CROP Hunger Walk and Turkey Trot? “Come help raise money for a good cause. There are people who have to walk miles just to get their water,” she said.
The route for the walk is 2.57 miles, the distance many of the world’s citizens have to walk just to get water for their families each day. As it says on the CROP Walk poster, “We walk because they walk.”
The walk begins at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23 at Los Alamos Middle School. Walkers may just show up, or, better yet, get friends and family to sponsor them for the walk. Go to hunger.cwsglobal.org and find the Los Alamos walk listed, register online there, then tell all your friends.
Walkers may decide to designate some or all of their sponsor dollars to L.A. Cares, the local food distribution program in Los Alamos, or to the (church-related or other) hunger charity of their choice. Refreshments will be served, and a drawing for turkeys and pies will be held after the walk.
For more information about the hunger walk and Turkey Trot, call Lynn Wysocki-Smith at 505.661.9619 or Cynthia Biddlecomb 505.662.5107 during the day.