NEW GLASGOW – Roots House director Stacey Dlamini is elated to host the Coldest Night of the Year walk.
The annual walk in New Glasgow will raise funds for the Pictou County Roots for Youth Society, which operates Roots House in town.
“We’re very excited,” she said. “It’s a fundraiser that’s very well supported by people. They understand what it’s about, to raise funds for the homeless.”
The Coldest Night Walk will be February 25, 2017. It raised funds in past years for the Life Shelter, an overnight shelter for those in need before its announced closure this fall. That created an opportunity for the walk to continue and for the society to have proceeds from it, Dlamini said.
“With the closure of the Life Shelter, the future of the walk was uncertain, so we applied to Coldest Night’s national organization,” she said. “It’s a pretty extensive process, but they decided we’d be a good fit.”
As in the past, registration opens at 4 p.m. at Christian Fellowship Church, where the walk starts and finishes. Opening ceremonies are at 5 p.m., following the walk at 5:15 p.m. Walks will be of three distances: two, five and 10 kilometres. A light meal will be served starting at 6 p.m.
Individuals and teams can sign up for the walk, while adults who raise $150 for the event have their $25 registration fee waived. The threshold is $75 for youth.
Actual fund-raising will not start until after December 16.
The Coldest Night walk has raised $12 million working with its charity partners nation-wide since 2011.