It’s that time again! Coldest Night of the Year (CNOY), a yearly fundraiser walk to support local charity partners who provide essential care and service for people experiencing homelessness, hurt, and hunger, is set to happen on February 26, 2022. CNOY has raised over $43,500,000 in 149 communities across Canada since it began in 2011.
Teams are forming for this year’s walks across the diocese of Niagara, most of which will be virtual. Participants are asked to choose a route local to them any day in February rather than gathering with a larger group of walkers.
In Hamilton, parishes such as Church of the Resurrection, Hamilton, will be fundraising for Neighbour to Neighbour Centre. Neighbour to Neighbour has helped Hamiltonians in need for over 30 years by providing access to food, food skills, educational, and family supports to alleviate the burden of poverty in Hamilton. The parish raised over $2,600 in the 2021 walk.
Diane Kidson is leading the Anglicans in Action team from St. Catharines, which is part of the Greater St. Catharines Social Justice Network. Last year, they raised over $16,000 in support of Start Me Up Niagara, which offers services to support people facing significant challenges such as poverty, homelessness, unemployment, disabilities, addictions, and mental health issues.
For more information on CNOY and to find your local team, visit cnoy.org and utilize the search feature.