Warm response for Coldest Night of the Year walk

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By Adam Brazeau
CORNWALL, Ontario - Walking a few kilometers in the shoes of the hungry, hurting, and homeless was a humbling experience for one hundred people who marched through Cornwall's downtown core in support of the Agape Centre.

Walkers at the Coldest Night of the Year fundraising event in support of the Agape Centre in Cornwall.

The Coldest Night of the Year took place in over 60 cities across the country on February 22, and the city's inaugural walk netted over $11,000.

"We're very happy with the turnout for our first year," said Kendra Smith, volunteer coordinator at the Agape Centre.

Nearly 40 volunteers helped with registration, prepared meals, manned rest stops, provided warm beverages, and directed the large group of walkers along the 2km, 5km, and 10 km routes.

"This is such a great event to not only raise money for those in need but give a taste of the cold that the homeless have to endure through the winter months," said Natalie Carroll, a teen volunteer.

Kinsmen Club member Lee Theodore ensured all participants were comfortable during the walk, circuiting the route in his vehicle.

"I am grateful to have been part of this event and I look forward to seeing the community get behind this as it grows," said Theodore.

The namesake of the event was foiled due to mild temperatures, but walker Kathryn Chandler still considered the Coldest Night of the Year a warming experience.

"It didn't feel cold at all - we were all having such fun," said Chandler. "Isn't it marvellous when you can do something good for the community and have fun as a community at the same time?"

All proceeds raised will go towards major repairs to the Agape Centre building.

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