Countdown on to Coldest Night walk

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There is still more need for teams and team captains for a fun, accessible fundraiser.

Stacey Dlamini, executive director of Pictou County Roots for Youth, says there is plenty of room available for people to participate in the group’s Coldest Night of the Year fundraiser coming up Feb. 23.

“Currently there are 25 teams registered. Our goal is 32 teams so we’re on track to meet that target.”

She added, “We’re almost at $9,000 in sponsorship; our goal is $10,000 so I’m hopeful we’ll meet that target as well.”

Participation in the event is easy. “This event is accessible. It’s not difficult. You simply register a team by getting together with family members or co-workers. We have some teams that are Sunday school classes and some are groups of friends — like a book club, that sort of thing. A team can be people you like spending time with or people you want to get to know better. You just ask your family and friends for a donation and you show up on Feb. 23.”

As in previous years, participants will leave from Christian Fellowship Church on Abercrombie Road and walk to New Glasgow Farmers Market downtown and back again. Participants have the option of a 2-, 5- or 10- kilometre walk. And the route remains the same: 2K is from CFC to Sobeys West Side, 5K is to the New Glasgow Farmers Market and back and the 10K is the 5K route twice. There are two rest stops along the route which is very well marked and very well signed.

“Most people opt for the 5-kilometre option,” Dlamini said.

Once back at the church, a hot meal will be available and fellowship will be enjoyed.

“There’s such a good feeling or a good vibe that comes from being a part of a group that size.” Last year, more than 300 people took to the streets to awareness of and funds for youth homelessness.

“We’re encouraging people to sign up, spend the evening with people you love, getting exercise and doing it for a good cause.”

For those who want to share in the warm spirit of the event but are unable to walk, there are still opportunities to volunteer in various capacities — both indoor and outdoor.

If neither walking nor volunteering is in the cards for you this year, consider donating at

This marks the third year the walk will benefit Roots for Youth and Dlamini says the funds raised truly make a difference to the organization.

Last year, because of the CNOY walk, the agency was able to help 27 young people end their homelessness through staying at Roots House. There are also two transition houses in operation for young men and young women.

“We started weekly youth employ-ability skills workshops. So every week we are training youth in the things they need to know and do to get a job and keep that job. We’ve also been active in the arena of preventing human trafficking in our community. It does happen here,” or young local people, she says, are trafficked to more metro areas.

“So by supporting Coldest Night, it is that work that you’re supporting.”

For more information visit or contact Dlamini at 902-695-3241.

Stacey Dlamini is ready to welcome masses of people to the Coldest Night of the Year Walk coming up Feb. 23. The event is a major fundraiser for Roots for Youth.  (Submitted photo)