The diverse faiths of the world share a common compassion to nourish the hungry and the vulnerable, especially children. That shared compassion finds expression during the Akron Area Interfaith Council (AAIC) Hunger Walks.
Susan Davis, AAIC member and Treasurer, originally became involved with the AAIC by leading the Akron CROP Walk, a walk that supported an international emergency-relief organization. Six years ago, the AAIC Board decided that they could better serve their local community and their mission statement by hosting a local walk that was inclusive of all faiths.
The Akron CROP Walk changed to the AAIC Hunger Walk and was hosted in Fairlawn. After three years of successful walks, Susan expanded the event to include additional locations in Stark County and Wooster. At 85 years of age, Susan spends her time passionately sharing the power of diversity and living her personal mission to help those in need while building a better, kinder society through the message of the Hunger Walks.
This year on May 1st, hundreds of community members walked to stop hunger at three locations. These walks provided a donation to the Foodbank that will supply more than 97,000 meals.
When asked the question why she does what she does, Susan answered, “We all have a common respect for a common cause. When people are brought together from diverse backgrounds, amazing things happen.”
Susan has a contagious light and reminds us to never underestimate the sheer power of passion. For more information, please visit hungerwalks.org.