2018-06-07 / Front Page

Seeds of Hope volunteers walk 40 miles in two days for ‘Decade’

By Abigail Worthing
Staff Writer


Volunteers enjoy a break after completing the 20-mile, day-two portion of the Hope 2Day 40-mile walk to raise money for Seeds of Hope. Volunteers raised $15,115 for the organization. Back row, from left, Debbie Melican, Chris Sorrentino, Jen Fulmer, Ann Hastings, Joyce Morrissette, Jordan Cobb, and Jesse Cobb. Front row- Renate Riggs, Debbie Lamb (partially hidden) Jessie Jolin, Laura Cobb, Sara D’Angio White, and Maggie D’Angio White. (Abigail Worthing photo) Volunteers enjoy a break after completing the 20-mile, day-two portion of the Hope 2Day 40-mile walk to raise money for Seeds of Hope. Volunteers raised $15,115 for the organization. Back row, from left, Debbie Melican, Chris Sorrentino, Jen Fulmer, Ann Hastings, Joyce Morrissette, Jordan Cobb, and Jesse Cobb. Front row- Renate Riggs, Debbie Lamb (partially hidden) Jessie Jolin, Laura Cobb, Sara D’Angio White, and Maggie D’Angio White. (Abigail Worthing photo) BIDDEFORD – Every week at Seeds of Hope, neighbors come in to the South Street location for food, clothes and to use the resource center. The center opened in 2008 and is celebrating a “Decade of Difference” with a series of events, the first of which was Walk 2Day.

Over the course of two days, Saturday, June 2 and Sunday, June 3, 14 volunteers walked 40 miles to raise money for Seeds of Hope, each walking 20 miles a day. Each walker volunteered to raise $800, the cost of operating the center for one week. The path for the walk looped through Biddeford, Hills Beach and Biddeford Pool, and ended on Sunday night at the Biddeford Pool Community Center for a barbeque.


The Rev. Andrew D’Angio White and his wife, Sara, celebrate the end of a long weekend with their two children, Maggie, 4, and Charlie, 2. They participated in the Seeds of Hope Walk 2Day event, during which 14 volunteers walked 20 miles a day to raise money for the resource center. (Abigail Worthing photo) The Rev. Andrew D’Angio White and his wife, Sara, celebrate the end of a long weekend with their two children, Maggie, 4, and Charlie, 2. They participated in the Seeds of Hope Walk 2Day event, during which 14 volunteers walked 20 miles a day to raise money for the resource center. (Abigail Worthing photo) As the walkers arrived at the community center, they were greeted by a group of supporters, including family, friends and volunteers from the center. While the walkers sat and enjoyed the break, Laura Cobb, board member and organizer of the event, presented the Rev. Shirley Bowen, executive director of Seeds of Hope, with a check for $14,095. Cobb then announced that in the last hour they received not only $20 from someone who saw the walkers on the street, but a last-minute donation of $1,000, bringing the grand total to $15,115 for the weekend.

“We covered all the expenses through donations and registration fees so 100 percent of the donations could go straight to the center,” Cobb said. “This was a great turn out and I’m confident we can get even more volunteers next year.”

For some, walking was a family affair. Cobb was joined by her two sons, Jordan and Jesse, and board member Sara D’Angio White walked 3 miles of day one with her husband Andrew, pastor at St. David’s Church in Kennebunk and their two children, Maggie, 4, and Charlie, 2.

“Well, we use ‘walking together’ loosely. My daughter did most of it being pushed in a stroller, chatting with everyone,” said Pastor Andrew D’Angio White.

“I’m just amazed by our community together. We all walked farther together than we did in our individual training walks,” Sara D’Angio White said. “It made me reflect on how I get to drive everywhere. I don’t have to walk my laundry to a laundromat, I don’t have to walk to the grocery store. It made me grateful for what I have and glad that I can help raise money to help those in need.”

Contact Staff Writer Abigail Worthing at news@inthecourier.com.

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Seeds of Hope "Decade of Difference" events will continue 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, June 8 with a Meet the Representatives event at 35 South St. The event is open to the public, and will allow residents the opportunity to interact with elected officials. From 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8 Seeds of Hope will host a 10th anniversary celebration at 40 Main St. FMI, visit seedsofhope4me.org.

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