With a fundraising goal of $200,000.00, The Lighthouse is reaching out to the Orillia community and its neighbours to join forces, raise funds and participate in Coldest Night of the Year (CNOY). This family-friendly, WINTERIFFIC fundraising walk takes place Saturday, February 24. This is the 11th year The Lighthouse is hosting CNOY Orillia, raising funds to support their 50 emergency shelter beds for men and women, 8 beds for youth, and 20 supportive housing units.
Alongside shelter services, they run an outreach program, operate a warming center, provide meal programs, and deliver medical and mental health support to enhance overall well-being and help individuals attain their housing goals.
Each year, tens of thousands of Canadians take to the streets for CNOY, with events in 150 cities, towns, and communities across the country. By walking together in the cold, participants will gain insight into the challenges faced by those living on the streets and simultaneously raise funds to support the Orillia community.
Already 350 walkers, 61 teams and 64 volunteers have signed up to participate.
New this year is an Outdoor opening ceremonies at 5 p..m. and celebrations. As we walk in the cold, we are reminded of who we are walking for – people experiencing homelessness. The walk begins and ends in the parking lot behind the eCapital building located at 174 West St. S, Orillia.. Participants can choose between a 2 km or 5 km route and enjoying warm drinks at rest stops along the way. Both routes take walkers down Mississauga Street, offering the opportunity to pause and indulge in local treats. The event concludes with a celebration at the finish line. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org
(Photos Supplied) Main: Some 2023 participants of the Coldest Night of the Year fundraiser.