The sun peeked out as a crowd took to the streets of Truro for a walk to raise money for a local homeless outreach program.
Temperatures were just under the freezing point as a large group hit Prince Street to kick off the annual Coldest Night of the Year walk, an annual event that raise money for the Truro Homeless Outreach Society.
“As of 5 p.m., we were sitting at $30,000,” said Dwight Griffiths, event co-ordinator for the CNOY Truro event.
“That being said, that was just what was pledged online. We won’t know the final number or the percentage we get from it for a few weeks, as we have to send it to our parent fundraising company first. It likely rose from suppertime tonight, likely to $40,000 to 50,000.”
From online registrations alone, this year’s walk had 41 teams and just over 221 walkers, but with the final count, Griffiths said he “assumed the number greatly exceeded that.”
The walk kicked off at the Truro Farmers’ Market around 5:30 p.m., with hundreds of walkers decked out with CNOY hats and signs filling the street.
Participants had their choice of two routes, one two kilometres, the other a 10-km circuit. After the walk, participants gathered back at the Farmers Market for hot chili, snacks and warm drinks.