Habitat for Humanity Cornwall & The Counties is encouraging Cornwall and area residents to team up, fundraise, and walk in the Coldest Night of the Year (CNOY). This family-friendly, winterrific fundraising walk takes place on the evening of Saturday, February 25, 2023, at the DEV Hotel and Conference Centre, located at 1950 Montreal Road.
Since 2011, the Coldest Night of the Year has raised over $57,000,000 across Canada in 166 communities. 100% of net proceeds stay local to support CNOY charity partners.
“The overall organizer for [CNOY] reached out to us back in the summer because they were looking to bring the event to the Cornwall area,” said Breckyn Caers, Community Engagement Coordinator, “Because we work with housing affordability and getting people out of the cold it was a natural fit.”
Habitat for Humanity Cornwall & The Counties has been active in the community since 1999 and are currently excited to be embarking on their very first semi-detached build. For the first time ever, they will be building two houses at once in Maxville, on land donated by the Township of North Glengarry.
This is Cornwall & The Counties’ first year taking part in the Coldest Night of the Year, with a fundraising goal of $20,000. An expected 100 walkers and 10 teams, including staff and friends of Cornwall & The Counties are expected to brave the cold winter’s night. Community sponsors include The DEV Hotel and Conference Centre and Starbucks Cornwall.
“We are extremely grateful to the Dev for sponsoring the location. We wouldn’t be able to do it without them, really,” added Caers, “We really want to encourage people to sign up as teams or as individuals. Even if somebody can’t come out and do the walk on the 25th they can still support somebody else who is signed up or they can just collect pledges for us.”
Participants will walk a 2km or 5km route, can warm up with toasty drinks at rest stops along the way, and will be able to celebrate their efforts together at the finish line. All those who raise over $150 (or $75 for youth) will also don iconic CNOY toques as they face the cold night.
For more information, please visit: https://cnoy.org/location/cornwall