By Adam Brazeau
CORNWALL, Ontario – Get ready to bundle up and brave the weather for a fundraising event with plenty of sole.
Coldest Night of the Year participant Melissa Tiller.
Agape Centre staff and friends are inviting you to join them as they march towards a fundraising goal of $60,000 at the Coldest Night of the Year WALK on the evening of Saturday, Feb. 22.
The family-friendly fundraiser is aiming to help participants understand the reality of surviving on the streets during a cold Canadian winter.
"We’re really excited about the Coldest Night of the Year because it’s a fundraiser but also an opportunity to raise awareness," said Kendra Smith, volunteer coordinator at the Agape Centre. "It’s going to be cold out there, so we’ll be challenged to understand what it might feel like to be hungry, homeless, in need, or forgotten."
It's the Agape's first year hosting the event which will also be taking place in over 60 cities across the country. Already nearly 200 walkers and 40 teams are expected to participate.
"Our goal is to raise $60,000 in pledges and sponsorship to help us continue to feed the more than 1,000 adults and children who use our services every month," said Smith. "We’re encouraging people in our community to get a team together, collect pledges, and walk with us on February 22."
The Cornwall WALK begins and ends at the Agape Centre (40 Fifth Street West). In gray toques, participants will walk a 2km, 5km or 10km route. Toatsy drinks will be waiting at rest stops along the way as hundreds step up to help eradicate poverty.
Between 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. a warm, light meal will be served to all walkers and volunteers. For more information, visit http://agapecentre.ca/.