Coldest Night of the Year 2015
"We want you to walk in order to help the kitchen run!"
Coldest Night of the Year Walk is an annual national campaign across Canada that happens on the last Saturday in February to raise awareness and funds for local charities addressing homelessness in their communities. They pick that day because it happens to be Canada's coldest day of the year, on average. Rain, Snow, or whatever the weather brings us on that day, we walk. Perhaps, in a little way, we come to appreciate the challenges of many who walk this weather regularly.
Last year over 60 charities organized walks in their neighbourhoods and combined to raise $2.5 million to alleviate the challenges of poverty in Canada. We join this national effort in order to bring attention to the kitchen and to raise funds to operate the kitchen. This is a great effort. In Cloverdale 300 walkers made their way through a snowy, cold night and raised $64,000. It was also a lot of fun with a good meal to warm us up at the end. Besides, what else are you doing on Saturday, February 21? You can choose between a 2km, 5km, or a 10km walk. Choose to be on a team or create a team and invite your friends to walk with you.
You can join a team to walk. You can start a team and recruit walkers.
Our goal this year is to raise $70,000 that will serve to continue existing kitchen operations (food, gas, electricity, repairs etc.) and to recruit a Cloverdale Community Kitchen Director who will seek to operate and develop the resources of the kitchen with our existing great volunteers. We are so excited about the possibilities but we know it will take a dedicated person to drive this kitchen forward. Take a look at the job description we are posting.