In 2019, hundreds of people took part in the Coldest Night of the Year event in Mission. This year, Hope Central and MY House are hoping to raise $30,000 for their work with the homeless in Mission. / File Photo

Mission’s Coldest Night of the Year walk set for Feb. 22

Hope Central and MY House encourage residents to participate, raise funds to help the homeless

Hope Central and Mission Youth (MY) House are encouraging Mission residents to bundle up and raise cold, hard cash for the Coldest Night of the Year – a family-friendly winter fundraising event for Mission’s homeless, hungry and hurting.

The walk takes place on the evening of Saturday, Feb. 22.

Thousands of people will take part in the event in an anticipated 100 cities across Canada. By walking together in the chill of the night, participants will better understand the experience of being on the streets during a cold Canadian winter, while raising funds locally to aid the work of Hope Central and MY House in providing much-needed support to members of the community.

The Mission walk begins and ends at Hope Central, 33129 N. Railway Ave., where walkers will register, turn in the results of their fundraising efforts, and return at the end of the evening for a warm celebration meal.

Donning iconic blue toques, participants will walk a 2 km, 5 km or 10 km route, and will warm up with toasty drinks at rest stops along the way.

This is Hope Central and MY House’s fourth year taking part in the Coldest Night of the Year, and the groups are aiming to raise $30,000 for their work with the homeless in Mission.

An expected 250 walkers and 25 teams – including staff and friends of Hope Central and MY House and many other businesses, organizations and groups – are expected to brave the cold winter’s night.

Hope Central and MY House have been serving Mission for many years, and the funds raised in the Coldest Night of the Year will benefit their clients in a time of the year known historically for low levels of giving.

For further information, contact:

Calvin Williams, manager at MY House, at calvin@youthunlimited.com or call 604-302-2346. You can also contact Carrie Prentice, manager at Hope Central, at missionhopecentral@gmail.com.

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