Man on cross-country run to help feed the malnourished
By Jennifer Lenain
Feb 8, 2013, 18:21
Dustin Edwards, 25 of Mandeville, LA, is running 650 miles from New Orleans to Jacksonville Beach, FLa. to raise awareness of poverty and loss of life due to lack of nourishment.
Edwards ran through Bay Saint Louis Wednesday afternoon on day three of his 30-day trip.
Using the donation site Crowd Rise, Edwards hopes to raise $10,000 for WhyHunger, an organization which focuses on putting an end to hunger and poverty by connecting people to nutritious, affordable food and by supporting grassroots solutions that inspire self-reliance and community empowerment.
Currently, Edwards has raised 12 percent of his donation goal for WhyHunger.
WhyHunger, founded in 1975, works to put an end to hunger suffered by nearly 50 million Americans and 1 billion people worldwide through programs like: National Hunger Clearinghouse, Grassroots Action Network, Global Movements and Artists Against Hunger and Poverty.
A six-year U.S. Navy veteran, Edwards, from Las Vegas, served as an Aviation Search and Rescue Swimmer before moving to Mandeville and becoming a trainer in the CrossFit methodology.
“I haven’t always been a runner,” Edwards said, “The goal is to run 21 miles a day.”
Edwards hopes that his run will not only make a difference in the fight against hunger, but to also help combat, “all the negativity in the world,” he said.
Along for the run is Tyler Lumpkin, Edwards’ older step-brother, following in a pick-up truck with their dog, Sarabi.
On day five of his trip, Edwards was running through Pascagoula, he said. To make a donation, visit www.crowdrise.com/dustininthewind/fundraiser/dustinedwards.
For more information visit www.WhyHunger.org.