St. Vincent Place is encouraging Sault Ste. Marie residents to bundle up and raise cold, hard cash for The Coldest Night of the Year (WALK). A family-friendly winter fundraising event for Sault Ste. Marie’s homeless, hungry and hurting, the WALK takes place on the evening of February 20, 2016 between 5 pm and 8 pm.
Thousands of participants will be taking part in the WALK in an anticipated 92 cities across Canada. 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 St. Vincent Place in providing much-needed support to members of our community.
The Sault Ste. Marie WALK begins and ends at St. Vincent Place, located at 222 Albert Street East, where walkers will register at 4 pm, turn in the results of their fundraising efforts, and head out onto the streets at 5 pm, returning at the end of their walk for a warm celebration meal. Donning iconic blue toques, participants will walk a 2km, 5km or 10km route, and will warm up with toasty drinks at rest stops along the way.
This is St. Vincent Place’s 4th year taking part in the Coldest Night of the Year, and they’re aiming to raise $50,000 for their work with the homeless in Sault Ste. Marie. We are currently at close to 60% of our goal! An expected 250 walkers and 30 teams are expected to brave the cold winter’s night. Our campaign so far includes Community Event sponsors Assante Wealth Management, S&T Group, Avery Construction, BDO, Dawson and Keenan Insurance, Savoy’s Jewellers, Maitland Ford Lincoln. Many other local businesses, churches and families are coming together to walk to support the needy in our community!
St. Vincent Place has been serving Sault Ste. Marie for 13 years, and the funds raised in the Coldest Night of the Year will benefit their clients in a time of the year known historically for low levels of giving and increased demand for their services. Find out more at www.coldestnightoftheyear.org/saultstemarie