Walk on a cold Oakville night helps raise money for the homeless

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Published February 1, 2022 at 12:19 pm

A walk on a chilly night in Oakville can help bring warmth to those in need.

Local residents are being encouraged to put on some warm clothes, comfy boots and head outside on February 26 to take part in this year’s Coldest Night of the Year charity walk.

The “super-fun, family-friendly annual fundraising walk” helps support local charity partners who provide essential care and service for people experiencing homelessness, hurt and hunger.

Every year tens of thousands of Canadians head outside to take part in the fundraiser which has helped raise over $43,500,000 in 149 communities across Canada since it began in 2011.

“By walking in the cold, you’ll feel a hint of the challenge faced by those experiencing homelessness during winter,” CNOY said on its website of the impact the event has. “By fundraising, you’ll be contributing much-needed money to a charity in your town that is bringing hope and help to people in your community who need support.”

Participants can take part in two ways. An in-person walk will include 2km and 5km signed routes with rest stops, volunteers and snacks at the end. The virtual walk will be for those who self-organize individually or with family and friends and can walk any route they chose on any day in February.

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As of Tuesday, the Oakville the scheduled Oakville North walk, hosted by Front Line Outreach, had 65 walkers and 29 teams and had already raised $19,083 of its $50,000 goal.

Everyone is welcome and past participants have ranged from toddlers and their parents to active seniors.

Residents can register online at cnoy.org to set up their personal Fundhub page. Donors who give online are receipted within minutes of their secure gift of $20 or more.

Adults raising more than $150 or youth receiving more than $75 in donations will receive a CNOY Toque.

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