Canada’s annual Coldest Night of the Year is coming next February where participants in cities across the country brave the elements to walk in support of the nation’s homeless.
This is the third year that Lloydminster has taken part in the event, with all proceeds going to the Men’s Shelter, and Cora Nydokus, co-ordinator for the event, said the walk has been growing each year, with 2013 seeing about $30,000 raised.
“We’re off to a good start for sure,” she said. “I think so far we got a little bit more as far as media outlets and social media, so I think that’s going to help get the word out there too.”
People who want to take part can sign up as a team or walk on behalf of the Men’s Shelter. Walks range from two, five or 10 kilometres and begin and conclude at the Bud Miller All-Seasons Park.
“If someone is interested in creating a team, like a workplace, a group or a church, anything like that, they can go to The Coldest Night of the Year website and join up as their own team,” Nydokus said. “Or for somebody who just wants to walk but doesn’t necessarily have a team, there’s more teams they can join as well or somebody can just walk on their own without a team as part of the Men’s Shelter group.”
The Coldest Night of the Year is designed to give participants a bit of the experience in being homeless during the winter months, while raising money to local shelters. According to Nydokus, the Lloydminster Men’s Shelter would like to invest the money raised toward a longer care facility.
The shelter currently allows people to stay up to three weeks and has only 28 beds that are often full throughout the season.
Lloydminster’s event is still in need of a few sponsors so anyone with some leftover Christmas spirit is encouraged to help out.
“We’re still looking for a lead sponsor, which is a $2,000 sponsorship and an event sponsor as well, which is $500,” said Nydokus.
So next February support your fellow man, bundle up and join the walk during the Coldest Night of the Year.