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Volunteers needed for Truro’s Coldest Night of the Year

Matt Gray, volunteer coordinator with the Truro Homeless Outreach Society, left, and Dwight Griffiths, administrative coordinator with the society and Coldest Night of the Year coordinator, have their 2018 hats ready for this year’s walk. The event is the major fundraiser for the society.
Matt Gray, volunteer coordinator with the Truro Homeless Outreach Society, left, and Dwight Griffiths, administrative coordinator with the society and Coldest Night of the Year coordinator, have their 2018 hats ready for this year’s walk. The event is the major fundraiser for the society. - Lynn Curwin

TRURO, N.S.

It’s an effort to ensure those who need it, have refuge from the cold.

The Coldest Night of the Year Walk is Feb. 24, raising money to keep Truro’s homeless shelter, Hub House, operating. Approximately 140 have signed up, but more walkers are needed, as well as sponsors and volunteers.

“This event is where we get our major operating funds for the year,” said Dwight Griffiths, administrative coordinator with the Truro Homeless Outreach Society and Coldest Night of the Year coordinator. “Some people want to help but can’t commit to regular volunteer hours so the walk is ideal, as it only involves one day.”

Funds raised through previous walks enabled the society to buy the building at 862 Prince Street, and help with the day-to-day costs of the busy shelter.

“We’ve been averaging about 10 people a night recently,” said Griffiths. “We’ve had full occupancy for women most of the time, too.”

The shelter has three beds for women and 10 for men.

Last year there were 54 registered teams in the walk, with about 375 walkers, and $81,796.80 was raised. The goal for this year is $70,000 but the society hopes to surpass it.

People can walk on their own or as part of a team, and can choose a two-, five-, or 10-kilometre route, along which rest stops will be available.

Volunteers are also needed to set up signs, help with registration, act as route marshals and handle food on walk day.

This year’s toque is charcoal grey, with Coldest Night of the Year in reflective thread. It is given to anyone who pays the registration fee of $25 until Feb. 19, when it increases to $40, or raises the minimum of $75 for those age 11 to 17 and $150 for adults).

To register visit https://cnoy.org/home

For more information call 902-843-2538.

Open House

The Truro Homeless Outreach Society is holding an open house at the shelter on Saturday, Feb. 17 from 1 to 4 p.m. People are invited to stop by and see the facility, and learn more about the Coldest Night of the Year, volunteering opportunities, and the work of the society.

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