The Comox Valley Transition Society and Dawn to Dawn Action on Homelessness Society are encouraging Comox Valley residents to bundle up and raise warm, hard cash for The Coldest Night of the Year (CNOY) Walk. A family-friendly winter fundraising walk for Comox Valley’s homeless, hungry and hurting, the CNOY Walk takes place on the evening of Saturday, Feb. 25.
Thousands of participants will be taking part in the walk in more than 100 cities across Canada. By walking together in the chill of the night, participants will better understand the experience of being on the streets during a cold Canadian winter, while raising funds to aid the work of CVTS and Dawn to Dawn in providing much-needed support to members of our community.
The Comox Valley CNOY Walk begins and ends at Courtenay’s Native Sons Hall, where walkers will register, listen to some music, get hot drinks to start their journey, turn in the results of their fundraising efforts, and return at the end of the evening for a warm celebration meal. Donning iconic new yellow and blue toques, participants will walk a two-kilometre, five km or 10 km route, and will warm up with toasty drinks at rest stops along the way.
This is CVTS and Dawn to Dawn’s second year taking part in the Coldest Night of the Year. Last year was an overwhelming success with more than 500 walkers raising more than $60,000. This year the fundraising goal is $75,000. An expected 600-plus walkers and 40 teams, including staff and friends of CVTS and Dawn to Dawn, are expected to brave the cold winter’s night.
CVTS is celebrating its 30th year of service and Dawn to Dawn is starting its ninth year of service to the Comox Valley. The funds raised on the Coldest Night of the Year Walk will benefit their clients year round.
To register to walk as an individual or with a team, or to pledge support for a walker, go to: http://bit.ly/1LpYBbo