CRESWELL, Ore. — A Creswell man is about to head out on a journey he hopes will help feed the needy in his community, keep children reading and even inspire the less active to kick it in gear.
He plans on tapping into his army background as he heads out to walk 500 miles.
At 67-years-young Jurgen Ramil is committed to keeping active.
“I have been doing a lot of hiking and I have reached the summit of Mt. Ranier twice,” said Ramil.
Jurgen spent 25 years in the Army and the special operations community, with 3 tours in Vietnam. Instead of defending his country, he’s investing in his community
“I try to do something every year, but this is the biggest thing that I have done,” said Ramil. His ambitious goal includes walking 500 miles from Creswell to Crescent City, California. His steps are sponsored and his goal is to raise $10,000.
Jurgen will donate all of the money to a Creswell children’s book fund, the Creswell Library building fund and the Creswell Food Pantry.
“Its one thing to give money and we appreciate when people do that, but to give of himself that much it really impresses us,” said Creswell Library Director Su Liudahl.
She says the money would go to replacing worn out books. She says the library is a crucial tool in this town.
“A lot of people in Creswell don’t have their own computers, so this is the only place they have to apply for unemployment, to look for jobs and surf the internet,” added Liudahl.
“The children are our insurance. We need to really bring them up properly and I think reading is one of the most important things,” said Ramil.
The food pantry, which this walk would also benefit, serves about 140 families a year.
“We’ve increased our families about 30 to 40 percent over the last year,” said Creswell Food Pantry President Kim Jordan.
Jurgen will head out September 3rd. He say, ” it will be tough, but it will be ok.”
The Creswell library is handling all of his donations. If you would like to donate, contact Su Liudahl at 541-895-3053 or firstname.lastname@example.org.