Jim Cameron Memorial Walk 2018

This year’s SML Walk to End Poverty will take place Sept. 14 at SML State Park in Huddleston.

On Sept. 14, lake residents will have an opportunity to combat poverty in Bedford, Franklin and Pittsylvania counties by participating in Lake Christian Ministries’ second annual SML Walk to End Poverty at Smith Mountain Lake State Park in Huddleston.

Since 1992, LCM and its volunteers have provided food, emergency financial aid, clothing and household goods and mentoring services for at-risk families in our community. In 2018, more than 2,000 received such aid. Recently, LCM has offered other programs to help those in need.

In 2017, LCM’s board of directors realized that more needed to be done to reduce poverty in the region. As a first step, LCM adopted a new vision of a poverty-free community where each individual is valued, is connected and lives in hope.

As an outgrowth of that, LCM established the SML Walk to End Poverty. The event not only honors the memory of Jim Cameron, one of LCM’s executive directors, but also uses funds raised to assist LCM in providing critical services to those in need in the region.

Co-event sponsors for the 2019 Walk to End Poverty are Capps Home Building Center and Centra Health. Supporting sponsors are Haywood’s Jewelers, Runk & Pratt, AEP, Moneta Lions Club, Southside Electric, American National Bank and Trust, BHHS Smith Mountain Lake Real Estate, Coley Law, Eye Care and Surgery, Eastlake Community Church and The Landing Restaurant. Laker Media is the event’s media sponsor.

Anyone interested in participating can sign up Sept. 14 at the state park. Registration starts at 9 a.m.; the 5K (3.1 miles) and 10K (6.2 miles) begin at 10 a.m.

Walkers, runners, individuals and teams are welcome, and friendly competition among teams is encouraged. Registration is $10 for ages 18 and older ($5 for participants younger than 18).

The event will take place rain or shine. Lunch will follow the walk beginning at 11 a.m. Register or donate at runsignup.com/smlpovertywalk. For more information, visit www.lakechristianministries.org.