On Saturday, The Coldest Night of the Year walk raised money for St. Vincent Place. Hundreds of Saultites took part simultaneously with thousands of other people from across Canada. There were 221 walkers on 30 teams.
The event raised funds for the “hungry, homeless, and hurting.” The 2020 fundraising target was $65,000.
The children, youth, and adults taking part raised $72,859 by the start of the walk. Event Director Sara McCleary said that the amount will go higher as the final donations arrive. Last year they raised approximately $89,000 and Sara felt confident they would reach that number again. Across Canada, $6 million had been raised.
The top 3 groups raised over $30,000 between them. The Cool Dudes raised $4 more than Joe Ruscio Professional Corp to edge into first place. The top 3 groups were the Cool Dudes, Joe Ruscio Professional Corp, and Wishart Winter Wonders. A group of 19 Syrian refugee teenagers raised money.
Ward Two councillor Luke Dufour wished all the walkers well and thanked them for raising money. The purpose of holding an evening walk is for people to understand what it is like to be homeless during the cold winter nights. It was uncharacteristically above zero for this year’s walk.
To keep warm during the walk, volunteers handed out hot chocolate and snacks. Scott Coffee Co provided treats and hot chocolate.
For over 15 years, St Vincent Place provided “shelter, clothing, food, household essentials and compassionate attention” to the poor and homeless in the community.