Andrea Thompson hopes there will be a lot of people out to join her for the Coldest Night of the Year.
Thompson is coordinating the Truro Coldest Night of the Year walk, which is the major fundraiser for the Truro Homeless Outreach Society.
“The money were made other years enabled us to buy the building at 862 Prince Street, but now we have to keep it running,” she said. “It gets people off the streets and gives them a warm meal and a warm place to stay, as well as eventually helping them get back to living in a place of their own. I’ve had family members in the shelter; I know how important it is.”
People are invited to form teams to raise money and walk, or to volunteer at the event. Volunteers are needed to set up signs, help with registration, act as route marshalls and handle food on walk day, February 24.
“I was a route marshall last year, at the intersection by Dairy Queen, and it was the most amazing feeling to stand there and see the flood of people coming down Prince Street, and knowing they’re all there for the same reason,” said Thompson.
Last year there were 54 registered teams, with about 375 walkers, and $81,796.80 was raised.
The goal set for this year is $70,000 but the society hopes to surpass it.
This year’s toque is charcoal grey, with ‘Coldest Night of the Year’ in reflective thread. It is given to anyone to pays the registration fee ($25 until Feb. 19, when it increases to $40) or raises the minimum ($75 for those aged 11-17 and $150 for adults).
Walkers can choose a 2, 5 or 10-kilometre route, and rest stops will be available.
“This is an important event,” added Thompson. “Without Coldest Night of the Year we wouldn’t have the building right now.”
To register visit https://cnoy.org/home
Truro Coldest Night of the Year Walk
Start: 165 Victoria Street
Finish (and meal): 15 Young Street
3 p.m. - Registration opens
5 p.m. - Opening Ceremonies
5:15 p.m. - Walk begins (all distances)
6 p.m. - Registration closes
6 p.m. - Meal begins
8 p.m. - Route closes, meal service ends