By Kuhl, Nick on February 22, 2020.
The forecast may suggest otherwise, but today will mark the ninth annual The Coldest Night of the Year Walk for the Streets Alive Mission.
The event is designed to bring awareness of the plight of the poor and “Put a Freeze on Poverty” in Lethbridge, with funds raised set to benefit their clients in a time of the year known historically for low levels of giving.
The walk will take place at E-Free Church on Highway 4. From 4 p.m. on, participants can register, with opening ceremonies at 5 p.m. and the walk beginning at 5:15 p.m.
Streets Alive said earlier this week there are 131 walkers on 23 teams, including staff and friends of Streets Alive Mission from E-Free Church, AHS South Zone, RBC Royal Bank, St. Augustine’s Church, Bridge City Chrysler and the Coaldale Mennonite Church.
“By walking together in the chill of the night, participants will better understand the experience of being on the streets during a cold Canadian winter, while raising funds to aid the work of Streets Alive in providing much-needed support to members of the community,” representatives said in a news release.
“It is a family friendly winter fundraising event for Lethbridge’s hungry, hurting and less-fortunate.”
Across Canada, there are 16,950 walkers signed up on 3,291 teams, with 44,157 donors and 4,970 volunteers helping at 144 locations.
Donations will be accepted for walkers and teams on the CNOY website for a week after the event, as well. Streets Alive Mission is aiming to raise $60,000 to aid their life-recovery work with the less fortunate in Lethbridge.