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Autumn Doucette has her warm clothes ready for the Coldest Night of the Year walk, being held in Truro on Feb. 25. The walk is the major fundraiser for the Truro Homeless Outreach Society.
Autumn Doucette has her warm clothes ready for the Coldest Night of the Year walk, being held in Truro on Feb. 25. The walk is the major fundraiser for the Truro Homeless Outreach Society.

TRURO, N.S. – Autumn Doucette knows how important the Coldest Night of the Year walk is for the homeless shelter. She’s been involved with it each year and has seen the benefits.

“It’s our biggest fundraiser of the year and with the new shelter build starting it’s especially important,” said Doucette, volunteer co-ordinator for the Truro Homeless Outreach Society. “If we hadn’t had this in the past we wouldn’t be in a position to start building, which we hope to do when the frost is out of the ground.”

About 25 teams have already registered and begun raising money and Doucette hopes others will soon join them.

This year’s goal is $75,000. More than $60,000 came in the first year and in 2016 about $86,000 was raised, with 480 walkers taking part.

“I walked the first year and it was a lot of fun being there as part of a team,” said Doucette. “This year the walk is going to go by the space for the new shelter.”

People can take part in 2K, 5K or 10 K walks. Some groups choose a theme for the way they dress and some business groups wear items bearing their company logo.

Those interested in being involved, but unable to walk, can still help out with things like registration, serving hot drinks, or simply sponsoring a walker.

“I think people here really believe in the value of the shelter and want to support it,” said Doucette. “Our volunteer situation has improved at the shelter. We’re still struggling at nights and always welcome more volunteers but the situation is better than it was.”

East Coast International Trucking is the lead sponsor for this year’s walk, which will take place on Feb. 25. The best way to sign up is online at https://canada.cnoy.org/location/truro . Walk day registration begins at 4 p.m. at the Truro Fire Hall, with opening ceremonies at 5 p.m. and the walk beginning 15 minutes later. The finish is at the Truro Farmers’ Market, where chili and hot drinks will be served.

For more information call Autumn Doucette at 902-956-4938.

“It’s our biggest fundraiser of the year and with the new shelter build starting it’s especially important,” said Doucette, volunteer co-ordinator for the Truro Homeless Outreach Society. “If we hadn’t had this in the past we wouldn’t be in a position to start building, which we hope to do when the frost is out of the ground.”

About 25 teams have already registered and begun raising money and Doucette hopes others will soon join them.

This year’s goal is $75,000. More than $60,000 came in the first year and in 2016 about $86,000 was raised, with 480 walkers taking part.

“I walked the first year and it was a lot of fun being there as part of a team,” said Doucette. “This year the walk is going to go by the space for the new shelter.”

People can take part in 2K, 5K or 10 K walks. Some groups choose a theme for the way they dress and some business groups wear items bearing their company logo.

Those interested in being involved, but unable to walk, can still help out with things like registration, serving hot drinks, or simply sponsoring a walker.

“I think people here really believe in the value of the shelter and want to support it,” said Doucette. “Our volunteer situation has improved at the shelter. We’re still struggling at nights and always welcome more volunteers but the situation is better than it was.”

East Coast International Trucking is the lead sponsor for this year’s walk, which will take place on Feb. 25. The best way to sign up is online at https://canada.cnoy.org/location/truro . Walk day registration begins at 4 p.m. at the Truro Fire Hall, with opening ceremonies at 5 p.m. and the walk beginning 15 minutes later. The finish is at the Truro Farmers’ Market, where chili and hot drinks will be served.

For more information call Autumn Doucette at 902-956-4938.

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