WALKING 500 MILES TO FEED THE POOR
Valdez to raise funds for poor
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.