71-year-old NC man walks to raise money to provide drinking water in Africa

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- For the twelfth straight year, walkers were up before the sun at Union Cross Park in Winston-Salem to raise money that will help drill drinking wells in countries across Africa.

More than a dozen participates were out walking by 4 a.m. Tuesday -- the earliest riser arrived just before 3 a.m.

It’s a yearly event called the Hoover Walk, started by Larry McAlpine following a heart attack he had more than a decade ago on his birthday.

Now, the 71-year-old says he has since helped raise more than $320,000 to support various missions. Last year McAlpine personally walked 40 miles and raised $35,000.

A donor has pledged to match every dollar raised this year up to $40,000. The money benefits www.worldrelief.org.

McAlpine says more than $13,000 was raised going into Tuesday’s Hoover Walk.

The event will continue well into Tuesday night with John Lyon, CEO of World Hope International, speaking at 12 p.m. and 7 p.m.

People can stop by Union Cross Park, 1935 Union Cross Park in Winston-Salem, any time Tuesday to participate and find out how to donate.