Once again, the Comox Valley has proven it will go above and beyond for those in need.
In February, many within the community gathered to participate for the Coldest Night of the Year fundraiser to help raise money and awareness about the issue of homeless.
The Comox Valley Transition Society (CVTS) and Dawn to Dawn Action on Homelessness Society partnered with a goal of raising $100,000 from the Feb. 22 event to support programs to those who are struggling through poverty and homelessness within the Valley.
Those who participated not only helped the agencies reach the goal – but helped them surpass it.
Heather Ney, executive director for CVTS said they received their totals this weekend, and the Valley event raised $103,000.
“I am so filled with gratitude. We set out goal at $100,000 and I knew the Comox Valley could do it.”
Ney explained the funds will enable the organizations to serve the homeless, hungry and hurting within the community.
She noted with the current turn of events surrounding COVID-19, there is a new challenge for both organizations as the funds raised from the walk were allocated for ongoing programming and resources.
“The need still exists for more funds as we respond to the unprecedented situation.”
She noted the pandemic has presented a variety of challenges for both organizations, and they are still accepting donations through their website (www.cvts.ca) or through e-transfers (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Overall, 144 communities participated in the walk throughout B.C., and the Comox Valley landed in the number three spot for fundraising, only behind Surrey and White Rock, said Ney.
“It’s incredible; I’m so thankful for the partnership with Dawn to Dawn. We are so much stronger when we partner.”