Coldest Night of the Year walk set for Feb. 24

Raises funds for Ready for Home program

The Coldest Night of the Year walk is ready to warm hearts again.

The fourth annual 2/5/10 km non-competitive walk, raising funds for Nelson CARES Society, is set for February 24.

“Over the past three years, the community has shown tremendous support with over 400 people walking with us to raise awareness about homelessness and funds for Nelson CARES Room to Live campaign,” CNOY Team & Walker Recruiter, Kate Nott said. “We’d love to see hundreds of people walk with us again this year!”

This year’s walk kicks off at Central School at 4:30 p.m. Expect rest stops along the way and a warm bowl of chili served up at the Nelson United Church to celebrate completion.

In 2017, Nelson was ranked 25th out of 80 communities across Canada for overall fundraising, 7th for the most walkers and 11th for the number of teams. In Nelson $53,534 was raised, enough to renovate and preserve three rooms at Ward Street Place, a low-income housing block.

This year, the fundraising focus shifts to supporting individuals in Ready for Home, says Ron Little, Nelson CARES Board Chair.

The Ready for Home program provides supports to homeless individuals ready for housing, individuals newly housed and those at risk of losing their housing.

Visit https:/canada.cnoy.org/location/nelson to register to walk, volunteer or to make a donation. Individual walkers are welcome to join a team. Contact Kate Nott at CNOY@nelsoncares.ca or 250.551.0417 for more information.

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