WEIRTON - In addition to promoting its annual Easter Cross Campaign, members of the Weirton Ministerial Association and area supporters on Friday participated in an inaugural walk-a-thon to raise funds for Causelife, a movement of people dedicated to providing the most essential need to human life - water.
Mike Smith, association secretary and an elder at Weirton Covenant Church, said the Easter Cross Campaign was designed to be a call to witness for Christians near and abroad.
He said those participating in the walk carried a cross - white with a blank side to be displayed until Easter Sunday when the crosses will be turned around to display "Jesus is Risen" and began at the Millsop Community Center, walked north to Virginia Avenue and the United Steelworkers Union Hall, back down West Street then to the community center once again.
The walk raised $5,200 for Causelife, according to organizers.
Mayor George Kondik said he was honored to be a part of the walk and hopes it is the first Good Friday Walk of many. He said there are many differences between the world now and the first Good Friday, noting technology advancements such as social media and cell phones.
"One difference is how we diplay our faith," he said. "We are all here doing what we've been governed to do and we show our faith in our homes and publicly."
Participants gathered on front of the Millsop Community Center to carry crosses during a walk-a-thon on Good Friday to promote the Weirton Ministerial Association's Easter Cross Campaign and raise funds for Causelife, a movement of people dedicated to providing water to the less fortunate. Pictured is Mike Smith, an association secretary and elder at Weirton Covenant Church, holding a cross and giving directions for the walk. -- Angelina Dickson
Mayor George Kondik, right, and the Rev. James Foglio, left, lead the way on the mile and a half walk on Good Friday to promote the Easter Cross Campaign and raise money for Causelife, an organization dedicated to providing clean drinking water. -- Angelina Dickson
Kondik said he hopes the walk next year gets bigger and better. As a member of the Rotary Club of Weirton, he said providing water to those in need is one of the club's objectives and he is pleased to see so much support for a good cause.
Smith said by raising awareness and implementing solutions, Causelife provides clean, safe water that changes lives and transforms communities. He said it was nice seeing so many people out for the walk and he was grateful for such a strong support for the Easter Cross Campaign and Causelife.
(Dickson can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org)