Valdez to raise funds for poor

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Lov­ing­ton man train­ing to set out on his fourth 500mile walk for the needy.

A New Mex­ico man is pre­par­ing for his fourth 500mile walk to raise money for the poor.

Daniel Valdez of Lov­ing­ton, who has spent much of his sum­mer train­ing, said he is a long­time sup­porter of the group Food For The Poor, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease.

“(It) does a won­der­ful job to help the poor,” Valdez said. “My pur­pose is to help the poor­est of the poor and to mo­ti­vate peo­ple to do­nate.”

The 55-year-old plans to go through more than a dozen cities, even­tu­ally cross­ing into Mex­ico to also raise money to build a home for a des­ti­tute fam­ily in Nicaragua.

He said he will be­gin the trek Dec. 21 in Lov­ing­ton and ex­pects to take about 16 days, end­ing in Deli­cias, Chi­huahua, Mex­ico, on the first week­end of the new year.

“Walk­ing 500 miles is not easy, so I will take safety pre­cau­tions to keep me and every­one safe, plus I also put my faith in God,” Valdez said in a state­ment.

He cred­its long­time friend and priest, the Rev. Manuel Ibarra, with in­spir­ing him to do the walks, the first of which he fin­ished in 2013.

“Daniel is an­other per­fect ex­am­ple of some­one who has de­cided to take their pas­sion in life and use it to make a dif­fer­ence in the lives of the less for­tu­nate,” Food For The Poor Ex­ec­u­tive Direc­tor An­gel Aloma said in a state­ment.

Cities Valdez will pass through in­clude Hobbs, Eu­nice and Jal in New Mex­ico and Ker­mit, Wink, Py­ote, Coy­anosa, Alpine, Marfa, Shafter and Pre­sidio in Texas plus Oji­naga, Al­dama, Chi­huahua and Deli­cias in Mex­ico.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.FoodForThePoor.org/daniel­valdez.

Food For The Poor, based in Co­conut Creek, Fla., is a Chris­tian min­istry that pri­mar­ily aids the poor in 17 coun­tries of the Car­ib­bean and Latin Amer­ica, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease.

Lov­ing­ton’s Daniel Valdez runs laps dur­ing train­ing for his fourth 500-mile walk be­gin­ning in De­cem­ber to raise money to aid the poor.

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