NEW ULM - After two decades of participation, 99-year-old New Ulm resident Arman Moll walked his final Brown County CROP Hunger Walk on Sunday.
The annual Christian Rural Overseas Program (CROP) Walk event is held in cities throughout the Midwest to raise awareness and funds for the Church World Service's hunger-fighting development efforts.
Moll, a local resident that will be turning 100 in two months, has attended every single Brown County CROP Walk since it started two decades ago. He said that he loves the activity while simultaneously being able to help needy people in other countries. He completed this year's walk across town and back all by himself with ease.
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Armann Moll, 99, showed up Sunday at Putting Green for the Brown County CROP?Walk. Moll has participated in every local CROP walk over the last two decades but said this will be his last. One hundred years old is a good time to start taking it easy, he said.
The source of Moll's impressive physical ability at his age is his active lifestyle and love of walking, As a cancer survivor, Moll participates in the annual Relay for Life walk. He also keeps a daily regiments of walking the halls of his residence at Orchard Hill Assisted Living.
"I think walking is what keeps a person going," said Moll, "Do any kind of exercise to keep your heart pumping."
However, Moll said he plans to make this year his last CROP Walk. He said that each year was getting harder to participate in the event. But, he said that he was ultimately only cutting his participation because he considers 100 a good time to start taking it easier. He said that he still plans to find ways to stay active.
This year's CROP Walk drew in 50 to 60 participants. Fundraising totals are not complete because additional donations will continue to come in over the coming days. The average total for fundraising with the event is $10,000 each year. The money raised will split up with 25 percent of the funds going to local food shelves and 75 percent going to international hunger projects.