Forty-six thousand five hundred and fifty-three dollars – that is how much has been fundraised so far in the Coldest Night of the Year walkathon in White Rock, hosted by Sources Community Resources Society. The number places the small seaside town in third place out of 112 event locations across Canada.
The top locations in the country are Toronto ($95,113) and Kitchener/Waterloo ($76,833). White Rock is third in Canada and first of 31 locations in British Columbia. Additionally, several White Rock teams and walkers are in the top 20 from sea to sea to sea.
“We have been working hard to recruit walkers and raise money. Our goal is $70,000 – that will go towards Sources’ Homelessness Prevention Services and Rent Bank to help people in our community to avoid losing their homes. Housing affordability is a major issue in our region right now and many of us know someone who has missed a rent payment or couldn’t work, and then they are one paycheck away from becoming homeless,” said Sources CEO David Young.
“We are noticing that more people are donating this year and donating larger amounts. I think the reason is because the walkers and donors believe in the work we do. Last year we provided more than 900 people with supports to avoid homelessness and issued 28 Rent Bank loans. So, by walking or donating, you are making a difference.”
The fourth annual Coldest Night of the Year takes place Saturday, February 25, 2017 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Sources Peace Arch Resource Centre (882 Maple St., White Rock). Over 300 participants are expected to walk 2, 5 or 10 km routes, which travel along the scenic promenade and pier. Sponsored coffee, tea, hot chocolate, hot dogs and chili will be served at the start, at rest stops and at the finish line.
Another $23,447 and at least 150 more walkers are needed to hit Sources’ goal. Click here for more information about the event, or to register to walk or to donate.