Mission residents registered ahead of time for the Coldest Night of the Year walk. / Bob Friesen Photo

Mission residents registered ahead of time for the Coldest Night of the Year walk. / Bob Friesen Photo

Mission’s Coldest Night of the Year Walk raises $26,000

Funds raised will be shared by Mission Youth House and Hope Central, for daily operations

Despite the many changes caused by Covid-19 safety protocols, the annual Coldest Night of the Year fundraising walk was a big success.

The charity walk raised close to $26,000 with more donations still coming in.

Organizers are more than pleased with the numbers considering participants had to walk alone, or within people within their bubble, rather than the usually group walk.

“It was much different this year, but it was actually good because we raised more than we ever have,” said Calvin Williams, Youth Unlimited Mission area director and MY House site manager.

This year’s walk attracted 132 walkers, down from last year’s number of 192. However this year saw 419 donors which is double the amount of donors in 2020.

“We didn’t know what it would look like or how it would turn out,” said Williams, adding people had a lot of freedom on how they wanted to do the two kilometre walk.

He said some people walked around their neighbourhoods, others did the walk at Fraser River Heritage Park, there was no set route.

The funds raised will now be shared by both the Mission Youth House and Hope Central,to help with the daily operations at both sites.

“At Mission Youth House it goes directly to our staffing and programming and supplies costs,” sad Williams who thanked the community for always stepping up to support My House.