Dayton Bluffs Preserve hosting 'Hike to End Hunger' Aug. 29

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OTTAWA - A “Hike to End Hunger” will be held at Dayton Bluffs Nature Preserve in Ottawa. The hike will take place on Saturday, Aug. 29 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The hike is sponsored by local growing projects that are part of the Growing Hope Globally organization. Growing projects raise money to help people in developing countries improve their food production and agriculture. All are welcome.

The money raised by the hike will be earmarked to help people in Tanzania improve their farming methods and help their crops withstand drought. Many Tanzanians in rural areas are part of more than 800 million people that suffer from hunger all over the world. The goal is to raise $19,750 to fund this year’s work.

The hike will also highlight the work of Dayton Bluffs volunteers, who are turning the preserve into a wonderful place to visit locally. Along the hike route there will be presentations on prairie restoration, the restored Daniels Cemetery, and more. Dayton Bluffs is owned by the Conservation Foundation and leased to the City of Ottawa. Its entrance is one-half mile south of Interstate 80 on the west side of Illinois Route 71. For more information on Dayton Bluffs Nature Preserve, go to theconservationfoundation.org.

Donations can be made in several ways:

  • At the hike – by cash or check. Checks should be made to Growing Hope Globally, memo’d to Tanzania.
  • Checks can be mailed to: Growing Hope Globally, P.O. Box 5628, Carol Stream, IL 60197-5628.
  • Online at growinghopeglobally.org – click on “support a program” and select “Tanzania Chamwino” – click on the “donate” button. Information about the program is on the site.

An anonymous donor will match all donations dollar for dollar. Donations must be made by Sept. 5.

The Hike to End Hunger fundraiser will take the place of the usual harvest celebration held each fall and is sponsored by local growing projects including Earlville Growing Project, Mazon/Western Springs Growing Project, Somonauk Area Growing Project, and Twin Rivers (Ottawa)/Barrington Growing Project.

The public is invited to come and enjoy this wonderful day. Social distancing is requested.