Participants weren’t hampered by the rain Saturday at the annual Coldest Night of the Year walk in downtown Courtenay. Scott Stanfield photo

Hundreds walk for charity in downtown Courtenay

Fundraising goal exceeded before event began

Saturday’s Coldest Night of the Year event attracted hundreds of walkers who helped raise money for the Dawn to Dawn Action on Homelessness Society and the Comox Valley Transition Society.

As in past years, there was a two-, five- and 10-kilometre option. The start and finish was at St. George’s United Church at 6th and Fitzgerald in Courtenay.

The event is part of a nationwide initiative to raise money for charities that serve hungry, homeless and hurting people.

Locally, last year’s walk raised more than $65,000. This year’s goal was $75,000, but before the walk began, donors had already contributed more than $80,000. The team from St. George’s led the way by raising $7,585.

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